Monday, December 22, 2014

Run, run as fast as you can....

I used to love the story of the Gingerbread man who ran from the baker, his wife, the butcher, and basically all the rest of the people who lived in his town. It's a classic story, and gingerbread men are a classic Christmas cookie. That's why today's post is dedicated to the cute little guys. First I want to share the best ever gingerbread cookie recipe (my gingerbread hating mother even loved them) and then three adorable gingerbread man cards.

Gingerbread Cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup softened butter
3.4 cup brown sugar
½ cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices together in a small bowl. Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until it’s creamy. Pour in the molasses, vanilla, and egg. Mix well. Slowly add in the flour mixture with the mixer running on low speed. Press the dough into the center of a sheet of plastic wrap, wrap tightly, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly flour a large work surface. Roll out the cookies to be about ¼ an inch thick and cut into your desired shapes. Place the cookies 1” apart on a baking stone. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before removing to baking racks to cool completely. Decorate the cookies with icing once they are completely cooled.

I am sure your neighbors, friends, relatives, or practically anyone would love to receive a batch of fresh gingerbread cookies and one of these cute cards.
I know that most people are already up to their ears with Christmas cookies at this time of year, but, as the card says, there really is no such thing as too many cookies.
This one is my favorite. Gingerbread men are so cute!

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