HPU is prepared for visitors tonight and tomorrow
Thousand of cookies are waiting to be eaten by visitors at High Point University’s third annual Community Christmas Celebration.
That’s 10,000 cookies, to be exact.
The Aramark staff at HPU is preparing 4,000 jumbo Christmas cookies and 6,000 chocolate chip cookies to be handed out at the community event.
“We have Christmas trees, gingerbread boys and Santa Claus,” said Jordan Rogers, executive chef.
Rogers and his staff have been baking smaller batches of cookies at a time to make sure there will be enough. They have already put in 80 hours of work in the kitchen.
When he told his staff how many cookies they were going to bake, their eyes got big, he said.
“There are about four of us involved. I explained to them how we were going to do it, and they were fine,” Rogers said. “We started by making the dough - have about four batches on hand - and then start rolling them out. We air-tight-seal them and then freeze them.”
Rogers said they can make 150-170 cookies in 2 ½ hours.
Batter for 160 jumbo Christmas cookies include 3 pounds of butter, 11 cups of sugar, 15 eggs, 4 tablespoons of vanilla, 22 ½ cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of baking powder and 1 tablespoon of salt. “The main ingredients are flour, sugar, eggs and butter,” Rogers said. “We use flour the most and don’t run out of ingredients because I always keep extra on hand.”
Rogers said he can’t wait to see the happy faces walking through campus with cookie in hand this evening and Thursday evening.
Those decorating the campus are excited for visitors to take in the sights.
Damon Scott, director of operations for campus enhancement, said the team spent about four weeks putting up Christmas decorations around campus.
“Our guys enjoy really decorating campus this time of year,” Scott said. “We spent 1,200 man hours on getting decorations put up.”
This year, the department tested decorations before putting them up to make sure every bulb was lit — more than 81,000 of them.
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Schedule of Performances
Wed. Dec 18:
5:30 to 6 p.m. – Welborn Middle School Choir
6 to 6:30 p.m. – Guest pianist (an alumni or current HPU student play guest pianist)
6:30 to 7 p.m. – Patricia Covington
7:30 to 8 p.m. – New Beginnings Church Choir
8 to 8:30 p.m. – Guest pianist
Thurs. Dec. 19
5 to 5:30 p.m. – Lloyd’s Joyful Sounds Choir from Christ United Methodist Church
5:30 to 6 p.m. – Shadybrook School Choir
6 to 7 p.m. – High Point Central High School
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Penn-Griffin School of the Arts choir
What it takes to decorate HPU for the Community Christmas Celebration
• 404 Christmas bows
• More than 81,000 Christmas lights on trees and garlands
• 160 wreaths
• 8,712 feet of garland
• 20 6-foot-tall soldiers
• 16 6-foot-tall nutcrackers
• 414 Christmas banners
• 2 12-foot-tall nutcrackers