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Winter Warmth Challenge: Week 1

Winter Warmth Challenge: Week 1

Decorate Gingerbread Cookies with Your Friends or Family

Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean you have to put away all your baking supplies until next year!

Due to some canceled plans our Christmas tradition of decorating cookies friends got moved to January. Normally, messing with Christmas traditions is enough to start a mutiny in our home, but we quickly embraced the change and rescheduled for the New Year. While we were decorating someone said, "You know, people should get together over cookies more often."  Isn't that so true? You don't always have to get together for dinner or Football or special events. It could just because you made a batch of cookie dough and you can't eat it alone (well, maybe you shouldn't eat it alone).

That's your challenge this week: Call up some friends, maybe some you haven't spent time with in a while and whip up a batch of gingerbread to decorate together. You'll be surprised how much time it gives you to talk about the New Year and make future plans together.

Mom's Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger (Fresh grated is better!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  1. In a saucepan set over low heat, or in the microwave, melt butter, then stir in the brown sugar, molasses, salt, and spices.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, let it cool to lukewarm, and beat in the egg.
  3. Whisk the baking powder and soda into the flour, and then stir these dry ingredients into the molasses mixture.
  4. Divide the dough in half,  Wrap and refrigerate for about an hour. 
  5. Preheat oven to 350, remove dough from fridge and roll out to 1/4" thickness on a floured table.
  6. Cut out cookies with your favorite cutters.
  7. Bake until the edges brown, about 8-10 minutes. 
Let cookies cool before decorating.
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