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Monday, November 26, 2012

Cookies, cookies, cookies!!!!!

It's that time again!! Cookies, cookies, cookies!! There is a lot more to it than just cookies, though....it's really all about the traditions. I am a sucker for traditions. In our family....we have a ton!! Everything from when we get the Christmas tree (and put it up and decorate it...) to the "pickle" hidden in the branches!! As far as I am concerned...the traditions are what make Christmas so special. For a lot of people....baking Christmas cookies is a dreaded chore....that makes me a little sad!! And....for a lot of people....chocolate chip cookies qualify as Christmas cookies....that makes me even sadder!! There are SO many great recipes out there....EASY recipes that produce great tasting (and looking...) cookies with minimal effort. There are, also, quite a few tips to help make this a FUN experience instead of a stressful one!! Make the dough ahead of time. The measuring and mixing....and resulting mess....is the "hard part"!! Once the dough is done (and many of them NEED refrigeration time, anyway....) you can move on to the "fun" part!! Also....there is no law that says you have to make 40 dozen in one day!! If you find a recipe for an all butter, crispy cookie...the butter flavor intensifies when they "sit" a little bit....so those can be done first and wrapped well and stored.Start some new traditions, this year....find some great recipes, roll up your sleeves, and pull a chair up to the counter for some special little ones. Take it from me....the time you spend baking Christmas cookies (especially with the kids...) is time well spent. The "sweet memories" that those baking sessions make will last a lifetime....or, in our case, start a business!!

This recipe is for a "kid friendly" gingerbread cookie....not too spicy!!
Original recipe makes 2 1/2 dozen 

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the dry butterscotch pudding mix, butter, and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into the pudding mixture. Cover, and chill dough until firm, about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease baking sheets. On a floured board, roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness, and cut into man shapes using a cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks.

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