Spending time with family and friends is one of the best parts of the Christmas season. Even though many of our customer service representatives had to work remotely this past year, they still found time to share holiday cheer with each other. Last week, the customer service teams at Stahls’ and Stahls’ Transfer Express participated in a Christmas Spirit Week.
- For example, on Monday it was Flannel Day with a Scavenger Hunt Game.
- On Tuesday, everyone participated in Holiday Accessory Day with a Desk Decorating Contest.
- Midweek, it was time to dress up as your favorite Christmas character or wear Christmas colors.
- By the time Thursday rolled around, everyone was ready for PJ Day and some fun rounds of bingo.
- On Friday it was the famous Christmas classic, Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.
Thank you to everyone who participated and especially to the Customer Service Leadership team who made it happen. We are grateful to have such caring, thoughtful team members who try to find ways to help co-workers relieve stress and have fun during this busy time of year. It really means a lot to everyone.
Another tradition at this time of year is baking cookies. We have so many marvelous bakers at Stahls’. Sue Burgess, a Customer Service Team Leader at Stahls’, took the time to put together some favorite recipes to share with the entire team. Thank you for doing this Sue. I thought I would share your recipe, it sounds really delicious.
From the kitchen of: Sue Burgess- Stahls’ Customer Service Team Leader
Belgian Iron Cookies
(also known as Krumkake in Norwegian)
These have been in the family forever. They last forever – they mellow like fine wine. (ha-ha ) You must have a special krumkake iron to bake them over a gas burner. It’s two hinged plates and it usually has a pretty pattern which is pressed into the cookies as they bake, one by one.
Yield: 10 dozen
- 5 pounds all-purpose flour
- 4 ½ cups brown sugar
- 12 eggs
- 2 cups butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons whiskey (optional)
- Step 1
Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, salt, and whiskey (if desired). Blend in.
- Step 2
Now comes the fun part. You must work in all five pounds of flour, little by little, by hand. It will work in, but it takes a while. You’ll wind up with a BIG mixing bowl of dough.
- Step 3
Refrigerate dough overnight.
- Step 4
Have plenty of people to help with the cooking. Lightly grease and heat the empty cookie iron over a gas burner. Start with a tablespoon and a half of dough rolled into a little “cigar” shape and vary amount to fit the size of your cookie iron. It takes from one to one and a half minutes to cook each cookie – it’s a trial-and-error process at first till you get a handle on the temperature of the gas burner and the heat retaining capabilities of your iron. A properly cooked cookie will be golden and after cooled, crisp.
- Step 5
This a family holiday tradition for us and we spend a whole day cooking cookies with lots of testing to make sure they’re as good as last year’s. The cast iron cookie irons work best, but I have seen people make them with the aluminum pizzelle “irons”. Ask for a krumkake iron at a gourmet cooking shop.
We put them in tins and store till next Christmas, eating last year’s cookies.
Thank you for sharing this recipe Sue. It sounds like a really great way to spend quality time with family and friends. I hope all of you are able to find some time to share your favorite Christmas cookies (homemade or store bought!) with your loved ones.
On behalf of Mary and myself, we would like to wish EVERYONE a very Merry Christmas. May you find many reasons to smile and enjoy your holidays with family and friends.
Warm wishes to you and your family from the Stahl family. Including all our friends around the world.
- Joyeux Noël
- Frohe Weinachten
- Feliz Navidad
- Buon Natale
- Feliz Natal
- Vrolijk kerstfeest
- Crăciun fericit
- Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia
- 圣诞节快乐！Shèngdàn Jié kuàilè!
We are looking forward to seeing you all in 2022. Until then, thank you for being part of the Stahls’, Stahls’ Transfer Express, and Hotronix families. We truly appreciate you all.