But I always stress about what gifts to buy the kids. This year, my 8-year old’s suggestion was baking them cookies. Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that? After some brainstorming, we decided to package up the dry ingredients in a mason jar, include the recipe and a few fun cookie cutters, and voila, instant gift. A few years ago a colleague mentioned that the best holiday time with her teenage kids was baking up gifts for friends and family. She was right!
This past weekend we tested out a gingerbread recipe that a neighbour shared with us. It’s simple and easy to roll out. The hardest part is waiting the half hour when the dough chills in the fridge. While I used her suggestion to use some whole wheat flour, I left out the salt.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/4 cup all -purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt (leave out if you wish)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground allspice
What to do:
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Blend in molasses and water.
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- Add to wet ingredients.
- Chill the dough in the fridge for 1/2 hour.
- Heat oven to 375F.
- Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured board or counter.
- Cut dough with cookie cutters and place on an ungreased sheet. (I used parchment paper.)
- Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack. (For crisper cookies roll the dough 1/8 inch thick and bake 8 minutes.)
The cookies came out moist, not-too-sweet and mildly spiced. Perfect to enjoy with a cold glass of milk or soothing hot chocolate.
Wishing you all the best this holiday season! Fun. Family. Friends. Food. Fabulous.