When I posted on Facebook about these D-licious cookies that I make, the recipe was requested. I thought I'd share it here, because just about any sweet made with molasses and ginger falls into the Christmas category. So here it is:
3/4 C Shortening
1 C brown sugar
1/4 C molasses
2 1/4 C flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp gr. cloves
1/4 tsp salt
granulated sugar for rolling
*Mix shortening, brown sugar, egg, and molasses.
*Stir in dry ingredients.
*Shape into 1-1 1/2 inch balls and roll in sugar.
*Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for about 8 minutes at 350'.
*Remove from cookie sheet immediately.
Usually these are perfect when they are just beginning to crack on the top. Don't overcook them! They are best when they are soft and chewy. Err on the side of underdone. We have a tradition in our family that we eat the first batch before the second one comes out of the oven. YUM!
At the first hint of chill in the air, my thoughts turn to Christmas. My mind and heart begin to fill with visions of sugar plums indeed. My weekly menu turns decidedly toward comfort food and I begin rummaging in my brain for homemade Christmas gift ideas for my loved ones. I begin hauling out first the autumn decorations and later the Christmas, decking my halls and every other available surface. I take delight in the season, the magic, wonder and glory of it all. This blog was born from that delight. Here you will find dinner ideas, crafts, decor, stories, memories, and music. Some ideas will be entirely mine, but I will also include anything cute I come across that I think you might like to see, credit given to the creator or source. Please leave me your ideas in the comments and any other feedback you'd like to give.