Gingerbread Cookies

FoodFest 365! The Officially Fun Holiday Cookbook has recipes for every day of the year. There were definitely some good days included–Whipped Cream Day, January 5th, Blueberry Pancake Day, January 28th, and Chocolate Mint Day, February 29th. And some bad days–Gumdrop Day, February 16, Turkey Neck Soup Day, March 31st, and Bologna Day, October 24th. I looked at the days in November and decided on November 21st which is Gingerbread Cookie Day!

The recipe was VERY easy. Everything went together quickly and easily. They came out soft and delicious. My kids decided they needed clothes and decorated them with left over whipped cream from Thanksgiving. (Which turned into a contest to see who could squirt whipped cream on their forearm and then fling all of it into the air and into their mouths.) The added whipped cream made the cookies extra delicious and I had forgotten how fun it is to eat the heads off gingerbread men, it was oddly satisfying. I think I will wait for December 30th and celebrate Bicarbonate of Soda Day with some Irish Soda Bread!

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Gingerbread Cookies from FoodFest 365! The Officially Fun Holiday Cookbook by Yvan Lemoine
Makes about 2 dozen cookies

1/2 cup butter (soft)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 egg
2/3 cup molasses

1. Whip butter and sugar until fluffy. Sift dry ingredients
2. Add egg to the butter mixture and combine well, then add molasses and mix.
3. Incorporate flour-spice mix slowly until combined.
4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
5. On a clean, lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut our desired shapes.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.

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