It’s seriously that time of year…I can’t believe this year soon will be coming to an end. I’ll at times think about what next week has in store and I keep forgetting that it is Christmas next week. Crazy! Love this time of year though. Not only because it boils down to being with family and making time to be with them. You also shop around to find the gifts that make you smile because you can’t wait to give it to someone in paticular. Then wrapping it (my favorite part). Decorating. Seeing the world lit up with Christmas lights. It also makes me reflect on what my year was like for my family. The trials that came our families way, the joys, the blessings ( big & small), and just every day occurrences that shows to me, that God is real and that he is good. This is why I love this time of year. It makes me see the peace of why Christmas is so joyful. Because Jesus Christ brings peace into my life. For that, I am grateful. While looking at how this world is going, its chaotic. It’s hectic for everyone and anyone. No matter what. Let’s be real, it’s kinda crazy. Knowing what I have learned and am still learning, peace can change your attitude, your heart and your outlook in life. It has just been something that has been on my mind that I wanted to share.
Now, let’s get to the other part of Christmas I love. FOOD. Yes. My goodness. The end of the year is always great for that too. Good food. Santa is and always will be tradition in my family. I won’t forget the excitement of going to bed waiting for him. And my parents always reminding me that if I didn’t sleep, he wouldn’t come. And still to this day, it won’t happen. We have a little four year old who understands more than I think so I wouldn’t be surprised if he figured this out somehow soon. Hoping he doesn’t though. So yes, we leave cookies out for the big ol’ jolly man, along with milk. And how could we not forget the reindeer. We leave them some carrots. For Santa, it’s always the delicious homemade sugar cookies my mom would make. Still, it’s is sugar cookies. This year though, I wanted to change it. I was on a search for some good gingerbread recipes. Seriously. Believe me on this, I found them. PLUS, snagged a good frosting recipe that doesn’t bleed and drip everywhere.
Last year I tried a different recipe and it wasn’t as good whatsoever. This one is crunchy on the sides and soft in the middle. So good. For real! I snagged this delicious recipe from this cute blog, The Parsimonious Princess. So go check it out that fun blog too while you’re at it. I have below the recipe too just in case…as well as the frosting to follow. It’s like the royal icing but easier! Which I like…
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), softened
1 cup brown sugar ( either light or dark, I used light)
2 large eggs
1 cup molasses
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. ground ginger
5 cups all-purpose flour
1. In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add molasses. Mix well.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the soda, salt, spices, and flour. Add to the wet mixture. Mix until smooth.
3. Next, you will chill the dough for a few hours. I did mine overnight just because. You don’t have to, but you want to let it sit and chill. Before putting the dough in the fridge, cut it in half. Flatten it on a piece of plastic wrap, wrap it up, and stick it the fridge. This makes rolling out the chilled dough a little easier because it’s ready to go.
4. Once your dough has chilled, roll it out on a floured counter top until it’s about 1/4 inch thick.
5. Preheat the oven to 350º. While the oven is heating up, cut the shapes out from the dough. On a lined or greased baking sheet, bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. ( Side note- I started at 10 minutes and checked the firmness of the dough. It all somewhat varies on your oven)!
6. Let cool before decorating these delicious cookies. Click HERE for the delish royal icing recipe too. Super easy to make and was great to work with!