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SU Advantage Networking Night: Leading With Emotional Intelligence

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM PST

“Emotional Intelligence is a lot of things…it is a ‘quality of being’ that optimizes all of your relationships…it enhances the quality of every encounter that you have with your colleagues… People with emotional intelligence live consciously.”

That is Dr. Bill Weis’ “condensed” version of Emotional Intelligence—the topic for February’s SU Advantage | Networking Night, which will be hosted by the Seattle University Alumni Association on February 25, 2016 at the Hotel Sorrento.

Dr. Bill Weis and Hartley McGrath, both faculty in the Albers School of Business and Economics MBA program, will be leading the event in a new way. Instead of presentations and structured networking, frequently used at past Networking Nights, co-facilitators Weis and McGrath will be leading the event with experiential learning that is seamlessly mixed with networking.

It’s not their first time working with the topic of Emotional Intelligence—Weis and McGrath co-teach the sixty-contact hour “Leading with Emotional Intelligence” Albers course that attracts graduate students from all programs. It is the longest 3-credit course, as well as the most popular graduate elective. The course is so popular that it is currently being taught for the 50th time since its inauguration thirteen years ago. 

Sixty contact hours sounds like a long course, but Dr. Weis explains that such a large topic is naturally lengthy: “It’s hard to condense ‘what is emotional intelligence’ into a sound bite, [because] it is about many things.” These many topics are everything from empathy—“emotionally walking in the moccasins of others”—to coaching—“helping the others in your life see, hear, know, and accept what is true for them”—to not knowing—“being able to say, ‘I don’t know what to say.’”

But Emotional Intelligence is not just about learning a series of concepts, it’s about fundamentally changing who you are. “When you are with [someone who is emotionally intelligent], you know that they are present and paying attention, that they hear you and understand you and get it—which is a rare and powerful gift,” says Dr. Weis. And while Bill and Hartley’s course is taught through Albers, it’s not just for the business world: “[Emotional Intelligence] leads to more effective relationships at work, at home, and in other communities, in ways that bring value to your employer, to your family and to all your acquaintances.”

The nature of the class will make this SU Advantage stand out from past events. It will mimic the environment of the class, which Bill says “provides a safe and nonjudgmental space for people to grow…in self-knowledge and self-acceptance, to grow in authenticity, to grow in a transformative way—in a way that changes one’s worldview.”

Space is very limited. Reserve your spot now for the February 25th SU Advantage | Networking Night to hone your emotional intelligence and use it in all of your relationships. 

 

SU Advantage | Networking Night
“Leading with Emotional Intelligence”
Thursday, February 25 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hotel Sorrento | Top of the Town Room

Register now.

 

Looking for a more in-depth experience? Bill and Hartley are also leading a trip to the Italian Dolomites, open only to Seattle U alumni and friends. You can learn more about this once in a lifetime trip here.

Alumni Award Winners 2016

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM PST

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., the Seattle University Alumni Association and the Alumni Board of Governors are pleased to announce the university’s 2016 Alumni Awards recipients.  For the past 31 years, Seattle University has celebrated the Alumni Awards, honoring alumni who exemplify our Jesuit values and excel in the areas of leadership, professional achievement and community service. This year’s winners are no exception.

We will celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni and faculty at the 31st Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. We hope you will register to join us. 

Peter Morton, ’00 

As an executive at Boeing, Peter Morton was instrumental in forging a partnership with Seattle University to establish the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) in the Albers School of Business and Economics. Morton recruited senior leadership development executives from Costco, Weyerhauser, Safeco and Port of Seattle to partner with faculty to develop the curriculum that emphasized corporate values, ethics and community responsibility. Morton has brought hundreds of students to Seattle University and helped build a strong bond between Seattle University and the Boeing Company. After seven “career changes” in his 42 years with Boeing, he retired in 2000. Now president of Peter M. Morton Consulting, he brought Alan Mulally, former head of the Boeing Commercial Division and CEO of the Ford Motor Company, to campus. A dedicated community volunteer, Morton mentors ELP students, is a trustee of the Museum of Flight and serves on local and national boards. He shares his passion for flying with youth as a 10-year volunteer with the Young Eagles. Read more.

Cheryl Sesnon, ’03 
Community Service

As the acting director of FareStart, Cheryl Sesnon, was given 18 months to put the fledgling organization’s books in order. She transformed the agency into a culinary job training program for the homeless. Within six years, Sesnon was overseeing an annual budget of over $2 million. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University. The former executive director of Washington CASH and current executive director of the Jubilee Women’s Center, Sesnon’s specialty is helping transform struggling organizations into thriving successes. She volunteers for Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, traveling twice a year to Central America to provide leadership coaching, while also serving on a number of boards. Recipient of the Lead Ignite Award from Seattle University, she was also presented the Aubrey David Award for Progressive Leadership and the Harlequin Publishing “More Than Words” award. Read more.

John Dougherty, ’66 
University Service

Since his graduation from Seattle University in 1966, John Dougherty has remained actively involved with Seattle University. While a student, he managed both the men’s basketball and baseball teams. As an alumnus, he joined the Seattle University Graduates Club, bought basketball season tickets and joined the Tomahawk Club, serving as president for 10 years.  He also has sat on the Alumni Board of Governors. Recipient of the Mark Escandon University Sport Service Award, Dougherty’s proudest moment was his induction into the Seattle University Athletics Hall of Fame. For the past eight and half years, Dougherty, as Athletic Development Officer, has dedicated himself to raising funds necessary to build a strong athletics program. He has initiated new giving programs and increased both the number of donors and the gifts to Athletics, now exceeding $1 million each year. Now he and his wife Diana show their pride as members of the Legacy Society. Read more.

Jill Wakefield, EdD, ’92 
Professional Development

A Seattle University graduate with a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Jill Wakefield is a visionary who has paved the way for women to attain leadership positions in higher education. She is the first woman and longest serving Chancellor of the Seattle Colleges and will retire in June after 42 years in the system. Formerly an adjunct professor at Seattle University, Wakefield is a member of the Board of Trustees. She is passionate about building partnerships with businesses, K-12 education and four-year colleges to ensure greater educational accessibility and student success. Named as one of the Most Influential People of 2012 by Seattle Magazine, she has also been cited by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a Woman of Influence. Wakefield has served on numerous boards at the local, national and international level, including as president of the National Advisory Commission of Presidents for Community Colleges. Read more.

Sean McDowell, PhD.  
Distinguished Faculty

Associate Professor of English, Director of the Honors Program and creator of the Irish Writer’s Workshop, Sean McDowell received the 2006 Most Inspirational Faculty Award in recognition of his ability to engage and motivate students. For McDowell, teaching is his gift and his passion. He derives great satisfaction from not only sharing his own love of literature, but infusing his students with hunger for a lifetime of learning. For the past 12 summers, McDowell has taken student groups to Ireland for three weeks, an often life-changing experience. He was recently honored by being elected to membership in the International Association of University Professors of English, leads several literary societies and is editor of the John Donne Journal. A writer of fiction, poetry and screen plays, McDowell is preparing his first collection of poems for publication. Read more.

Hollis Wong-Wear, ’09 
Outstanding Recent Alumna

A Sullivan Scholar and 2009 graduate, Hollis Wong-Wear is a poet, songwriter, creative producer and lead vocalist in the electronic R&B band, The Flavr Blue. In addition to her artistic accomplishments, Wong-Wear is a manager, community leader and businesswoman. Her dedication to education, the arts, youth, social justice and empowerment issues have led her into public service, serving on the boards of the Seattle Center Advisory Commission, the Seattle Music Commission and 4Culture, King County’s public art agency. In addition to her roles in civic leadership and mentorship, she has appeared as a featured speaker and performer at conferences and high-profile events. For six years, Wong-Wear has collaborated with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as video producer for “Wings” and “Thrift Shop,” singer, songwriter and strategist. She earned the 2014 Grammy nomination for Album of the Year for her vocal performance of “White Walls” on The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Read more.

The Connolly Center Gets a Makeover

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 6, 2016 at 2:01 PM PST

As Seattle U begins a new quarter, the Seattle U Athletics department is celebrating its own new beginning. A new and improved Connolly Center, where alumni and students alike will be able to enjoy Seattle U’s athletic teams in a better-looking and better-functioning facility.

“The feeling is that of gratitude,” says Eric Guerra, the Associate Athletic Director for Finance and Compliance, on how it feels to see the center finally ready to re-open. Eric has been a key player in the plans for the remodel, which has been in the works since the early 2000s. He explains that, “The renovation is invigorating to the entire department—it is inspiring.”

 

The remodel is focused on meeting the gender equity requirements of Title IX of the United States Education Amendment, which, in the case of the SU Connolly Center, includes improved student athlete and spectator experiences. This means completely new locker rooms, better seating, and a more welcoming facility for spectators and student athletes. The Connolly Center’s renovations primarily affect the Women’s Basketball and Volleyball teams, both of which call the Connolly Center’s North Court home.

The renovation—also known as the Commitment to Equity Renovation—is the final piece in Seattle U’s five-year gender equity plan, which also included improvements to Logan Field at SU Park. Logan Field, the Connolly Center, and the Eisminger Fitness Center were all designed with continuity in mind—all three facilities have similar design elements and materials, but are also individually tailored to their specific need.

 

Another part of the Connolly Center remodel is making game day a more enjoyable experience for the spectators. This means not only reconfigured seating, but seats that are overall better-looking and more comfortable. Additionally, attendees will enjoy superior concession stands and even improved entryways featuring prominent symbols of Seattle U. “We hope [the Connolly Center] is a source of pride,” Eric explained. “A place that everyone is welcomed and that inspires us all to even greater heights.” 

Though the exterior won’t be finished until late January, the interior’s North Court hosted its opening game on December 19th, in which the women’s basketball team faced off against Boise State. Our lady Redhawks played to an enthusiastic crowd, and, though they lost the game, they have seven more opportunities to triumph at North Court before the WAC Championships in March.   

 

Eric let us in on what’s thrilled him most about the Connolly Center’s re-opening: “So many things have me excited, but none more than the teams taking the court for the first time and for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to discover a terrific (renewed) place to come cheer on their Redhawks.” 

The next game at the Connolly Center is Saturday, January 9th, at 2:00 p.m., when the women’s basketball team plays Chicago State.

Written by Miranda Benson, '17

Alumni Day of Service Registration Now Open!

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 6, 2016 at 2:01 PM PST

Each year, Seattle University alumni live out our Jesuit values by serving the local community during Alumni Day of Service. This year Alumni Day of Service joins the long list of exciting activities taking place during Homecoming weekend.  Now alumni are invited back not only to show their SU pride, but to make a difference in the Puget Sound community.

Alumni will join current students, family, friends and fellow Jesuit-educated alumni to participate in a service projects, from beautification and archiving historical artifacts to preparing items for a charity auction, gardening and more.. 

With over 17 sites in the Puget Sound (and one in the Bay Area), this will be our largest Day of Service ever.  Participants can choose from sites in South Seattle, the Eastside, Central District, North Seattle and Bainbridge Island. A complete list of Service Sites is available on our website

Day of Service is a fun way to connect with your alma mater and better your local community. Don’t take our word for it -- see what past participants have said.

"The experience was wonderful and it was a chance to give back to the community." 

"It was meaningful to literally get my hands dirty doing service work."

"Most of us are too busy to think about the less fortunate in our community. This event provided a reminder and an opportunity to ‘give back.’"

"I enjoyed meeting other caring people, especially recent graduates who don't have a lot of spare cash but who want to give to the less fortunate."

"I really enjoyed working with people from a variety of backgrounds, schools, and ages..."

Register today and join alumni, friends and current students to make a difference!

We Need Your Help: New Alumni Directory

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 6, 2016 at 2:01 PM PST

The Seattle University Alumni Association knows how important it is for our alumni to keep in touch with each other. That’s why we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of Seattle University with the release of the first print alumni directory in 12 years. The directory will contain a color introduction highlighting the past 125 years of Seattle University and looking ahead to the next 25. 

 A new alumni directory will help you reconnect with college friends and classmates and will help Seattle University to establish benchmarks for career placement, applications for government grants, and determine  national ranks. 

We want to make sure we only publish the most accurate alumni data, which is why we are working with our trusted partner, Publishing Concepts, Inc., (PCI) to update our alumni records. We need your help! PCI will be reaching out to our alumni over the next few months by mail, phone and email to verify contact information. Please confirm your information and help us publish the most accurate alumni directory possible.

If you have any questions about Seattle University’s 125th commemorative alumni directory or the information gathering process, contact the Alumni Association at (206) 220-8443 oralumni@seattleu.edu

Seattle University Celebrates the Launch of the School of New & Continuing Studies

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 6, 2016 at 2:01 PM PST

Seattle University’s School of New & Continuing Studies (NCS) is holding an Open House on January 22nd to celebrate the launch of two new degree-completion programs. NCS programs are designed to meet the needs of busy adults who wish to complete their degrees, change careers, and/or enhance their skills. The school is now accepting applications for B.A. degree-completion programs in Digital Cultures and Organizational Leadership, and the one-year Web Development Certificate. Classes begin in March.  The School of New & Continuing Studies accepts new students every quarter, including summer.

 

The Digital Cultures program is an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree offering students digital skills for the 21st-century workplace. The Organizational Leadership degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to give students the leadership skills necessary to become effective, ethical, and socially responsible leaders.

 

The School of New & Continuing Studies will also be welcoming its fifth new cohort of Web Development Certificate students this spring. In December of 2015, NCS awarded certificates to its first cohort. 

“The program has helped me to acquire new skills that I didn’t even think I was capable of achieving,” said Kimberly Woodward, an SU Web Development Certificate alumna. “More importantly, I have a job waiting for me when I graduate.” 

 

We hope you’ll join us for our Open House on Friday January 22nd. We welcome all alumni and friends to come and learn about Seattle U’s newest school. NCS admissions staff and faculty will be available to chat and answer questions.  Light refreshments will be served; attendees are encouraged to drop in at any time.


Seattle University’s School of New & Continuing Studies (NCS) Open House

Friday, January 22, 2016 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM 
Seattle University Admissions Building – Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room

RSVP today!

Alumni Job Search Tips for a Successful 2016

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 6, 2016 at 2:01 PM PST

Dan Kelley-Petersen, ’02, ’15, is a double alumnus of Seattle University, a counselor and career advisor.  We sat down with Dan to get some job search tips that every alum should know to get 2016 started off on the right foot.

Dan worked in the Seattle University Center for Career Services from 2011-2015 and graduated from the College of Education’s Community Counseling program this past year. Recently, he started his own private practice called dkp counseling, PLLC. Dan’s practice is built around mental health and wellness with a specialization in career, grief, anxiety and depression.

We asked Dan how his time at Seattle University prepared him for his current role. “My experience working in the Center for Career Services was integral in my formation as a professional. The staff works tirelessly to bring support and career education for all Seattle University students. The program of study I chose formed me through an intense study of theory and history with many opportunities to practice and experience the impact of my work and Seattle University has instilled in me a desire to continue to seek the deeper places in all ways of thinking, acting, and reflecting,” he shared. 

Dan’s approach to career advising is focused around the individual and what makes him or her unique. “I am rewarded by helping others identify what is special about them so they can offer it to others through their work and relationships. I believe when we can let out what makes us shine, we can be successful in any endeavor we pursue.”

So what advice does Dan have for our alumni job seekers out there? Check out his answers to your career questions. 

What is the one piece of career advice all job seekers should know?

“All alumni should know the value of activating your own network when you are ready to find new employment. The people you know and the relationships you already have will go a long way in getting you an interview and a new opportunity. You are not alone in a job search.”

What can alumni do to rise above the competition and make recruiters take notice?

“Be authentic and make sure that you have done your research about the job and organization you want. It makes a difference when you know what work you are hopeful to do and the way in which the organization wants you to do it.”

What is a common misconception job searchers have?

“People often underestimate the power of a cover letter. Many open positions do not require a cover letter, but it can never hurt you to take the time to submit an additional document in your application that directly connects you with the job you want to have.”

How important is a strong LinkedIn profile?

“LinkedIn continues to be an important part of any job search to re-connect with previous co-workers and supervisors, as well as to do research on others in your field. It is another tool in the job search toolkit, and more and more, a successful job search depends somewhat on who you are connected to through LinkedIn and in your personal relationships.”

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making in the job search process?

“So much of the job search process is about communication and following up. I often see people stop communicating once a resume and cover letter have been submitted. Don’t leave your job search stalling at that point. Call and follow up on your application. It shows the hiring manager that you are invested in the process. Connect with alumni who work in the organization and check in with them about additional opportunities if the first one doesn’t work out.”

Dan says that it’s important for alumni to leverage Seattle University and its alumni network. “These are people who share an experience with you and are often willing to support you. We are connected in every industry throughout the country and the world. Together we are SU strong. Seattle University has a lot of great benefits for alumni job seekers and I hope alumni leverage the Alumni Association for their needs”

You can learn more about Dan and dkp counseling, PLLC online

To learn more about the Seattle University Alumni Association’s professional development offerings, visit the alumni website.

A Christmas Message from Fr. Sundborg

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 2, 2015 at 2:12 PM PST

I would like to take this opportunity to wish our alumni community a very Merry Christmas. It’s hard to believe it’s already December. This season is one that brings to mind the values of family, service to those less fortunate and love for our neighbor. At this time each year, I like to set aside time to reflect. During my reflection, two thoughts came to mind. One is the feeling of gratitude I have for our alumni, our supporters and the entire Seattle U community. I know that if not for you, we would not be fully moving the mission of our university forward as we prepare to celebrate our 125th anniversary in 2016.

The other thought that comes to my mind this time of year is the value of service. It is a value that we embrace year-round at Seattle University and one that every member of our community embodies in some way. Our students serve the community through the Seattle University Youth Initiative and service learning opportunities. Our staff and faculty help prepare our students to be leaders for a just and humane world – a very worthy service. And our alumni, who are regarded as leaders in the community for their work and contributions, also serve Seattle University through their support of our students and our university’s mission and values. 

To quote Pope Francis, “Service is the sign of true love. Those who love know how to serve others. We learn this especially in the family, where we become servants out of love for one another.”

I find that quote especially relevant this holiday season as we are called to be servants for others. My hope is that you will take time this season to reflect on your own life and see the ways in which you already serve and how you might continue to do so. Reflect on the important role you play in our Seattle University family and the role you would like to play. Perhaps you have not returned to your alma mater in years, but you now feel called to take an active role mentoring our students or serving with the Center for Service and Community Engagement. Maybe you’ve remained connected to Seattle University, but are looking to deepen that connection by serving on a board, providing internships to students or volunteering your time with an alumni chapter. 

In whatever way you choose to serve, know that you are a valued member of the Seattle University family. I am thankful for each of you and your contributions this season and always. 

I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas season and ask you to join me in praying for peace in our world. 

Merry Christmas,

Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.

President

Presence over Presents: Advent Reflection

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 2, 2015 at 2:12 PM PST

“Christmas is not meant to be simply a day of celebration; it is meant to be a month of contemplation. But because Advent

has been lost somewhere between Thanksgiving turkey and the pre-Christmas sales, we have lost one of the richest seasons of the year. Unless we can reclaim Advent, the lack of it will show dearly in the way we go through the rest of life itself.”   - Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB from Sparks of Advent Light

The season of Advent, which begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas in the Christian church, marks a time of longing and hopefulness. The word Advent derives from the Latin meaning “coming”, and in that spirit Christians await for the peace, love, and light of God made incarnate through the birth of Jesus. 

Inspired by St. Ignatius of Loyola, each of us as Jesuit educated alumni are invited to become attuned to the inner stirrings of our soul. In the midst of what always seems like a hurried holiday season, our focus often shifts from presence to presents. Our days are bombarded daily (if not hourly or by the minute) with consumerism. Not to mention that now, more than ever, we are experiencing the deep suffering pain of the world constantly flashing across our TV, computer, or phone screen. We desire peace not only within our homes, schools, and workplaces, but also in own hearts and minds. In pausing to create the interior space necessary for true reflection to occur, we take a first step towards personal transformation.

Catholic Benedictine nun, author and social leader Joan Chittister, OSB shares the following reflection on Advent from her book The Liturgical Year: “Advent relieves us of our commitment to the frenetic in a fast-paced world. It slows us down. It makes us think. It makes us look beyond today to the “great tomorrow” of life. Without Advent, moved only by the race to nowhere that exhausts the world around us, we could be so frantic with trying to consume and control this life that we fail to develop within ourselves a taste for the spirit that does not die and will not slip through our fingers like melted snow.” 

Sr. Joan inspires us to see Advent as a time for noticing God’s embodiment in our very own lives – within our desires and choices. So, how do we slow ourselves down to reflect on the true meaning of this season? No matter what faith tradition or spiritual practice you follow, we invite you to consider these reflective questions as you prepare for the days ahead:

Where is the star of hope and peace leading you?

Who needs your welcome and hospitality?

What desires to be born within you?

We at Magis wish you a wonderful Advent season, and hope to see you at the Alumni Advent Mass this Saturday, December 5th at Seattle U.

To learn more about Magis, visit us online.

Photo credit: Nativity by Jeff Weese, Creative Commons License

The Perfect Christmas Cookie Recipe

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 2, 2015 at 2:12 PM PST

Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit faster than that first bite of a perfect Christmas cookie. But what makes for the perfect Christmas cookie? It all depends on who you ask. We figured why not ask a pro? We turned to Seattle U alumna and owner of “Hello Robin,” Robin Wehl Martin, ’95, MEd, to share her favorite Christmas cookie recipe with us.

Picture from Hello Robin's website.

Robin did not set out to be a cookie maven. She was a mom who found herself with some free time on her hands for the first time in years. Looking for something to do, she started volunteering her baking skills to help in a friend’s shop in U Village. Robin’s favor soon turned into a baking obsession. 

“I was buying 50 pound bags of flour at Costco. One day my husband asked me how many sticks of butter we had. I threw out numbers. 9? 16? The answers was 98 sticks of butter.” 

Robin was spending all this money on baking supplies and giving away her cookies for free to neighbors and friends. It was fellow sweet proprietor and friend, Molly Moon (of Molly Moon’s Ice Cream), who convinced Robin to go pro. 

“She said, ‘your cookies are great and we don’t want to have to ask you for some every time we want them. We want to be able to buy them.’”

Molly had some extra space in her new building and offered it to Robin as a bakery. Just like that, history was made. Since 2013, Hello Robin has been a Capitol Hill’s favorite place for a cookie and Robin has a job she loves, catering to happy customers who enjoy her treats – and pay for them.

Luckily for us, Robin agreed to share some of baking secrets for the holiday season. Find her perfect Christmas cookie recipe below. 

Robin’s Chocolate Mint Sugar Cookies

“This recipe is adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe I’ve loved for a long time.  They are the perfect winter cookie.  And summer.  And spring.  Ok, and fall.” 

Before we begin, some tips. 

“The biggest mistake people make is they overcook their cookies. Don’t overcook your cookies. The second biggest tip I have is that cookies should be eaten the day you bake them. No one really wants a day old cookie.” 

Ingredients:

2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 teaspoon mint extract (Sub out mint for vanilla if you aren't feeling festive)
1/2 cup powdered sugar — (for rolling the dough balls in)

 

1. Melt chocolate and butter together in a glass bowl in the microwave.  Start with 20 seconds at a time making sure to stir in between.  Do not overcook and watch it carefully so it doesn’t scorch.  Set aside to cool.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and cocoa in a separate bowl. 

3. Whisk together granulated sugar and eggs in a yet another bowl. Gradually whisk in melted chocolate and butter mixture and add mint extract and stir until smooth. Add in flour mixture. Taste the dough then refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours. 

4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls using your palms, which you may need to wet, then roll in powdered sugar to coat. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing each 1 inch apart. Bake until slightly firm in the center, about 15 minutes. 

5. Let cool slightly on sheets set on wire racks. Transfer cookies to racks, and try not to eat until cool. 

Don’t put away that apron just yet, Executive Chef for Bon Appetit at Seattle University, Justin Chalk, wanted to join in on the fun and shared his own favorite Christmas cookie recipe and baking tips. 

Justin’s Sugar Cookie Recipe

“This is a super simple sugar cookie recipe that my family likes to make and cut into fun holiday shapes, like snowmen, reindeer, wreaths or trees.  We then decorate them with icing.”

Before we get to the cookies, a few baking tips from Justin: 

Rotate the pan about half way through to help ensure even baking.

Use an oven thermometer to check the temperature is correct on your oven setting.

Use 1/4 inch wooden dowels to roll out your dough. It is a simple way to make sure your rolled dough is even.

Measure accurately.  I like to over fill the measuring cup and use the back side of a knife to level off the cup.

Chill the dough after cutting and before baking to make a softer cookie.

 

Christmas Cookie Ingredients

4 cups sifted flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla extract

Icing Ingredients

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp water
3-4 drops of food coloring

Baking the Cookies:

1)Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2)Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl.

3)In a different bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then add the eggs and vanilla.

4)Mix the flour into the butter sugar mixture a third at a time.

5)Divide the dough into four equal portions, then use a rolling pin to roll until about 1/4 of an inch thick and cut into your desired shape.

6)Place on a greased baking sheet and bake until cookies become lightly golden- roughly 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes then remove from the pan

Making the Icing:

1)Combine the sugar and water to create a thick paste, then add desired coloring.

2)Decorate!!

 

What are some of your favorite Christmas cookie recipes? Share them with us in the comments below.