Wednesday, December 24, 2008

{new Christmas traditions}

Yesterday, I decided to start a new Christmas tradition of making gingerbread cookies! (I know, last minute, right?) Well, the recipe I found was sooo easy and delicious, and the cookies came out moist and perfect! I thought I'd pass the tradition onto you!
Gingerbread Cookies
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup molasses
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1) Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon; set aside.
2) In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, until they are completely absorbed. Divide dough into 3 pieces, pat down to 1 1/2 inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
3) Preheat 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 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
4) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. When the cookies are done, they will look dry, but still be soft to the touch. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on wire racks. When cool, the cookies can be frosted with the icing of your choice.

We got done baking around 10 o'clock last night so we only frosted about a dozen of the cookies. The recipe made about 4 dozen, so I decided to box up a few for friends and neighbors and pass along the tradition of decorating cookies!
Luckily I had some red & green card stock for the boxes!
(The directions for folding the boxes are HERE) After folding the boxes, I lined the inside with parchment paper and placed about 5 cookies inside.
And to finish it all off, I tied some red wire garland around the box and included a little card with a recipe for the icing!
Oooh and before I forget, I had to pass along this information! Modern Display is having a huge 50% off sale! Everything in the store is 50% off! Yesterday I snagged these silver tree branches! They're flexible and perfect for hanging ornaments from! (Note my broken ornament on the table. There must have been some sneaky elves (aka cats) roaming around my kitchen last night!)
I also picked up this little tinsel tree and snow man! Oh, and a few ornaments (not pictured). So run over and see what you can find!


Aubrey said...

You're so flippin' domestic. I love it! Merry Christmas Shan & Andrew!

Karlie said...

Love that idea! And in the box! It makes the gift.

caitlin said...

Yum! And so cute!

cathycan said...

Shan, everything is so cute!cats are hell on Christmas!! the shot of the silver branches is to good, it looks great with the black striped curtains!

irunwithscissors said...

Yummy! Those look delicious!

Steph said...

Oh what a great idea to give the cookies and the recipe for the icing so they can do their own! How adorable!

Jordyn + Todd said...

Hey! Its the crazy chair girl again. I was wondering if you got my email. It came back a few times saying it wouldn't go through so i thought i would check with you. It would be from so it could possibly be in your spam folder :)

Thanks so much!

Gavin, Laura, and Sydney said...

Thanks for the recipe! I made gingerbread cookies this year too, but I didn't really like the recipe I had. So, next year I'll have to try yours! WAY cute stuff from Modern Display, by the way.