Baby, It's Cold Outside

This is what it looks like outside:

So this is what we did inside:

Yep! It’s time to make Christmas cookies! Today we made Gingersnaps, and hopefully in the coming weeks we’ll make Rum Balls, Springerle, Pine Bark, and Christmas Eve Mice. If we do get around to doing all that, I’ll post pictures and recipes.

Here’s the recipe for Gingersnaps (adapted from Faith & Family magazine, Nov/Dec 2007 issue)

2 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. each ground ginger, cloves, and cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
3/4 Cup shortening
1 Cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 Cup molasses
granulated sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 375*F. Greese 2 baking sheets. In a bowl, mix together the flour, spices and salt. In large bowl, cream the shortening, brown sugar, egg and molasses. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture until well blended. Pinch off 1-inch-sized pieces of dough and roll into balls. Roll in granulated sugar and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Flatten cookies with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes*. Let cool on wire racks.

* 10 minutes was too long in my oven: I had better luck with 8 minutes.

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