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Christmas Cookies

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Please be sure to mark your location on my Frappr map. This weekend I had planned on making a gingerbread house. I didn't quite make it. The Christmas parade lasted over two hours. Then, we had several errands to run. I ran out of energyWe ran out of time, so we didn't end up with a real tree, but my $50 investment I made six years ago in an artificial tree sure has paid off well. It really is a very nice artificial tree. I'll just have to get lots of candles or something to make it smell piney and Christmas-y in my house. By the time I got around to dinner and baking, I was too pooped to make the gingerbread forms for the house. So, I just made plain 'ol Gingerbread instead. I hadn't ever tried the recipe before, but it turned out SO good. I'm in a baking mood! It started with Thanksgiving, and this time of year makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook things that smell good. Plus, we're getting our first real cold-snap, and of course that means keeping the house warm with the oven. Here are my Gingerbread, Gingersnaps, and Snickerdoodles recipes. Enjoy! Gingerbread 1-1/2 c. all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground allspice 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature 1/4 c. dark unsulfured molasses 1 Tbsp. ginger 2/3 c. buttermilk Powdered sugar Preheat oven to 325F. Butter 8-inch square baking pan with 2-inch-high sides. Lightly flour pan; tap out excess. Sift first 6 ingredients into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, cream butter with brown sugar in another medium bowl until light. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in molasses and ginger. Mix in half of dry ingredients. Mix in buttermilk. Add remaining dry ingredients and stir batter until just combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cake slightly in pan on rack. Cut gingerbread into squares. Sift powdered sugar over. Serve warm or at room temperature. Gingersnaps 2 c. sifted flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1 tsp. ground ginger 3 tsp. baking soda 1/2 c. shortening 1/4 c. butter 1 c. granulated sugar 1 egg, beaten 1/4 c. light molasses Granulated sugar Preheat oven to 350F. Sift flour with salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and baking soda. Cream shortening and butter until fluffy, gradually adding 1 c. sugar. Blend in egg, molasses, and then flour mixture. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes. Let cool 1 minute. Remove from baking sheet and cool. Makes ~4 dozen cookies Snickerdoodles 1-1/2 c. sugar 1 c. shortening 2 eggs 2-3/4 c. flour 2 tsp. cream of tartar 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 tsp. cinnamon Preheat oven to 375F. Mix 1-1/2 c. sugar, shortening and eggs. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, and soda. Chill dough. Roll dough into balls. Combine 2 Tbsp. sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Roll balls in mixture. Bake 8-10 minutes.

12/06/2005 09:11:00 AM :: ::
  • Yummmy, thanks for the recipes! I LOVE snickerdoodles! I wanted to post my location on your site last night but blogger was down.

    My favorite pics for candles scents: Yankee Candles Balsam Fir, Christmas Eve, or Cranberry Chutney...all fabulous and heavily scented. Will make your house smell great!

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 12/06/2005 09:47:00 AM


  • Yum, I love gingerbread cookies. They are delish!!! You are so talented.

    By Blogger Jolynn, at 12/06/2005 09:58:00 AM


  • jeez, I go away for a week and everything changes!
    Congrats on the engagement. Sneaky, very sneaky sis....i wish you all the best!

    By Blogger Shannon, at 12/06/2005 10:01:00 AM


  • I just baked gingersnaps, too! I have never in my life even attempted to make a gingerbread house and likely never will. But I am having cravings for gingerbread now, so I may just have to make some of that, too.

    By Blogger Bluegrass Mama, at 12/06/2005 10:47:00 AM


  • I've never made gingerbread before. Now I have a project I can do with my little one. Thanks!

    Here via Michele's today. And I added my location on your map. Cool.

    By Blogger Finn, at 12/06/2005 11:00:00 AM


  • Yummmmmm! Love ginger! If the weathermen are accurate, the kids are likely to get a snow day tomorrow. We might have to make some of these! *cut, cut, cut, paste, paste, paste*

    By Anonymous abbynormal, at 12/06/2005 01:49:00 PM


  • Never had ginger snaps or snickerdoodles.

    Asking myself: "Do I really want to be the single guy that bakes cookies this holiday season?" Hmm...

    By Blogger Bone, at 12/06/2005 01:56:00 PM


  • Mmm! I looooove snickerdoodles. It's been ages! Might have to make 'em.

    By Blogger Marie, at 12/06/2005 02:09:00 PM


  • My mom used to make a bunch of gingerbread houses when she was teaching home ec. The students would all make them too, and then would show them off at a home basketball game. This was a very small school at the time. Then we would take the one my mom made, and when my sis and I were in the class we took those home too, and would take them to my grandpa's house for X-mas. Where they would be destroyed. Sadly, by the time people got to tear into them and eat them, they were so dried out as to be nearly inedible, unless dunked in milk.

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 12/06/2005 02:15:00 PM


  • All I see after "Gingerbread" is blah blah blah. ;)

    Cooking. Best left to the pros. However, I do accept shipments after 11:00 AM. ;)

    By Blogger FTS, at 12/06/2005 02:19:00 PM


  • Thanks for visiting my blog today! I recently bought ground cloves ... they were over $6 for a small bottle! EEK! What, is there a shortage of cloves all of a sudden?

    By Anonymous Janet, at 12/06/2005 02:36:00 PM


  • mmmmm Snickerdoodles, I will have to see if I can get Tanya to make those :-)

    By Blogger Tim Pintsch, at 12/06/2005 02:42:00 PM


  • Mmmmm, gingerbread. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

    By Anonymous Chickadee, at 12/06/2005 08:12:00 PM


  • i'm not making a house this year, i'm going to try and make a tree, cutting cookies that start off large on the bottom and small on the top, decorating in between. i'm going to "borrow" your recipe, i usually just buy a mix but this looks pretty straight forward. thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2005 09:19:00 PM


  • Ooh, these look great. My family loves gingerbread and I love snickerdoodle. Guess I'll have to try both! Thanks!

    By Blogger Suburban Turmoil, at 12/07/2005 03:39:00 PM


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