Monday, December 12, 2011


I posted these delightfully crispy, Christmasy spicy, tantalizingly aromatic cookies last year. They are so yummy! I have two versions of this type of is the gingersnap and one is the Holiday Molasses Cookie that can be found in my cookbook. The Gingersnaps have the characteristic snappy texture and the molasses cookies are chewier. Both are AMAZING and both leave your house smelling better than any candle you could buy to make your house smell like "Christmas". We make these every Christmas and every year...they are devoured and my heart sings when my kiddos walk in from school noticing the fragrant, delicious aroma of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and molasses. there a better combination of Christmas smells???
Here is the recipe for the gingersnaps. The other recipe will be coming in a few prepared for Christmas smells to fill your home and waft out to the doorstep when company arrives!!!


3/4 C butter-flavored Crisco

1 C brown sugar

1/4 C molasses

1 egg

2 1/4 C freshly ground and sifted whole wheat flour

2 1/8 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

2 1/8 tsp ground ginger (add 1/8 tsp more?)

1 T + 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (add 1/4 tsp more?

1 tsp cloves

Cream Crisco, brown sugar, molasses and egg by mixing on medium speed for about 30 seconds and then on high speed for 2 minutes. Sift dry ingredients and stir into molasses mixture. Form balls (about 1 in. in diameter.) Roll tops and sides of dough balls in white sugar. Place 2 in. apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes about 40-45 cookies.

P.S. We are doing marshmallows and hot chocolate packets for neighbors again this year. They are cheap, easy and you can make wonderful memories making them with your kiddos!!!

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