It's that time of year again! Our neighborhood activities director plans the most amazing events for the families who live in my community - we are so lucky to have her! Each December, she plans an amazing Winter Wonderland to kick off the holiday season, complete with Santa's workshop, hayrides and a tree lighting. For the second year, she asked me to make gingerbread men as part of the "cookies and cocoa" . . . and I was happy to do it!
After rolling, baking and decorating 400 gingerbread men, I'm a bit tired - but my house smells heavenly! We just delivered the cookies to
Thank you Tracy for the order - and for everything else you do for the community!
If you are looking for a good gingerbread recipe - try this one! It comes from one of my mom's cookbooks from the early 70's, and I've been making it for years.
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 12 oz jar molasses
2/3 cup cold water
7 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
11/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
Cream together brown sugar and shortening, then add molasses and water. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to molasses mixture a little at a time. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Roll 1/8 inch thick and cut with desired cutters. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes (for a softer cookie, bake no more than 10 minutes). Cool on rack and decorate with royal icing.
We had a lovely time at the Winter Wonderland, and I thought I'd add a few pictures from the event. My boys had a lot of fun, and it was fun for me to see people enjoying my cookies - especially cute little kids!
|My son Noah volunteered to be a Santa's elf|
|Our clubhouse was set up with tons of holiday crafts and activities for the kids to do as they waited their turn to see Santa|
|The boys writing letters to Santa|
|This little girl loved my cookies! Made me so happy!|
|another gingerbread cookie girl|
|My three boys with Santa!|