Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gingerbread Cookies

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us! Between the Christmas shopping, holiday parties, seasonal events, and party planning the weeks are just flying by. Have you started your Christmas baking yet? I need to get on it. I just made my first batch of cookies this holiday season... Gingerbread Cookies! I mean, it's just not Christmas without gingerbread.


There are so many recipes for gingerbread cookies out there... and they are all different! Some people like their gingerbread cookies hard, some like them soft; some like the cookies sweet, and some like them spicy (spiced). 


I happen to like my cookies a little soft, a little hard, a little sweet, and a little spicy. So this super easy gingerbread recipe I found on allrecipes.com is PERFECT... it is a great balance of all those textures and flavors! And did I mention the recipe is super easy?!


Not only do these cookies taste delicious, the house has never smelled as good as when these gingerbread cookies were baking! To me, gingerbread cookies smell (and taste) just like the holidays... and they are so fun and festive when you decorate them.

Gingerbread Cookies
recipe from allrecipes.com
makes about 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mixture until smooth. Cover, and chill for at least one hour.

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

 

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool.


So cute and festive!


Gingerbread Cookies are such a fun (and delicious) Christmas cookie project... decorating them is a great time for all ages! And if you don't want to decorate them, they still taste amazing.

Happy Christmas Cookie Baking!

- Janel

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