There’s nothing like baking cookies at home. The smell of the cookies baking in the oven puts everyone in the holiday mood, and stokes anticipation for tasting the delicious cookies once they’re out of the oven. In the new 1 bedroom kitchens at The Waterways of Lake Saint Louis, lots of counter space makes it easy to roll out the cookie dough (if you choose to). Also, the new 1 bedrooms have full-size appliances–plenty of space in the oven and in the refrigerator for holiday food preparation.

The snowflake cookies featured in the photos, below, were made from a very simple recipe, and the icing is even easier to make. See the recipes below–and enjoy!!

Classic Vanilla Cookie Recipe

1-1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 Tbsp. milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Thoroughly cream butter & sugar. Add egg, milk, vanilla, and almond extract; beat well. Whisk together flour & baking powder. Gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing to make a smooth dough. Do not chill. Either roll the dough out on the counter and use a cookie cutter–or–form dough¬† into balls about the diameter of a quarter or a bit larger. If you roll the dough on a granite countertop, be sure to use plenty of flour on the work surface to prevent sticking. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool cookies on rack. See the Easy Royal Icing Recipe below.

Easy Royal Icing

**Use dried egg whites if you are uneasy about eating uncooked eggs.

2 cups confectioners sugar

1 large egg white, or equivalent amount of dried egg whites

1/2 tsp. lemon juice


Combine the sugar, egg white, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together until the icing is thickened and smooth, about 2 minutes. You can add food coloring if you want.

The icing will keep for up to 2 days in the refrigerator. Before using again, beat it with a fork. Stir in very small amounts of water if it seems too thick. Makes 2 – 4 dozen cookies.

To bake our Holiday cookies, do we need a gourmet kitchen? A kitchen with:

  • spacious, granite counter tops for rolling out dough & decorating;
  • a full-size stainless steel refrigerator for cookie platters;
  • an under-mount stainless sink for easy counter clean up;
  • a full-size stainless oven for baking the cookies, and;
  • a pantry to hold all the cookie ingredients.

Yes, we need it! Our new 1-bedroom units at The Waterways of Lake Saint Louis have great kitchens with all of the above listed features.