Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

One of the things I wanted to do this holiday season was to bake cookies.  I have never made gingerbread cookies and wanted to give it a try.  I found a recipe online that I promised fluffy, tasty cookies.  However, when I tasted the dough, it didn’t make me excited to bake it.  I added a bit more vanilla and brown sugar to get the recipe that I am sharing below.  When the cookies came out of the oven, my kitchen smelt amazing! I recommend you give this recipe a try.

Whether you are looking for a cute gift for co-workers or are participating in a cookie exchange, these gingerbread cookies are perfect for the occasion.

SOFT AND CHEWY GINGERBREAD COOKIES

Whether you are looking for a cute gift for co-workers or are participating in a cookie exchange, these gingerbread cookies are perfect for the occasion.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room tempature
  • 1 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg (let bring to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before using)
  • 1/2 cup molasses (unsulphured is best, DO NOT use blackstrap)
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest (optional)

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 F (go to 325 F if you are going to be using a dark pan)

Step 2: Whisk the flour, salt, and spices together in a bowl and set aside.

Step 3: In the bowl of the stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until they have just come together (we don’t want them too light and fluffy)

Step 4: Add the egg and mix until well incorporated

Step 5: Add the molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest (if using); Mix until well incorporated

Step 6: Slowly mix in the flour mixture until your dough forms

Step 7: Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for 8 to 9 minutes.

Note: If you are not immediately making the cookies, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate (or freeze) until you are ready to use it.  Before using, bring the dough back to room temperature.

THE REVEAL

I cut my dough into mini gingerbread houses using the adorable Hearth & Hand house cookie cutters from Target.  I then decorated them with royal icing.  I used royal icing because it dries firmly and will not roll off of the cookie.  I then packaged them into small plastic bags.  I finished off the look with a few pinches of shaved coconut and a silk bow.  Such a great gift idea! P.S. My co-workers loved them!

Advent Calendar Reveal | Peach Pit Punch

There are 13 more days until Christmas!  It is time to get a kiss under the mistletoe.  It is also time to open another bag!

 

ADVENT CALENDAR | 13 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

Today’s advent bag contains Veil Peach flavored vodka.

 

THE DRINK | PEACH PIT PUNCH

Today’s drink is a cross between a Sex on the Beach and a Screw Driver.  It isn’t quite a Sex on the Beach because I didn’t include Peach Schnapps.  It isn’t quite a Screwdriver because there is cranberry juice. What it is, is delicious.

For the drink, I mixed one part Veil Peach flavored vodka, one part Simply Orange juice, and two parts Simply Cranberry juice.  I served it in a rocks glass.

The Drink

  • 1 ounce of Veil Peach flavored vodka
  • 1 ounce of Simply Orange juice
  • 2 ounces of Simply Cranberry juice

The countdown to Christmas continues.  Interested in seeing the other reveals?  You can do so by visiting my Advent Calendar page.  Links to all of the reveals are just a click away!

Advent Calendar Reveal | Apples & Pears Vodka Tonic

There are 14 more days until Christmas!  It is time to get guest rooms ready for house guests. It is also time to open another bag!

ADVENT CALENDAR | 14 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

Today’s advent bag contains Three Olives Apples & Pears flavored vodka.

THE DRINK | APPLES & PEARS VODKA TONIC

Today’s drink is a spin on a classic vodka tonic.  I mixed one part Three Olives Apples & Pears flavored vodka with 3 parts tonic.   I served it in a martini glass with a slice of green apple as a garnish.  It is pretty and tasty!

The Drink

  • 1 ounce of Three Olives Apples & Pears flavored vodka
  • 3 ounces of tonic

The Garnish

  • Green apple slice

The countdown to Christmas continues.  Interested in seeing the other reveals?  You can do so by visiting my Advent Calendar page.  Links to all of the reveals are just a click away!

Our Weekend Winter Wonderland

This weekend, the husband and I got to experience a weekend winter wonderland.  It started Friday morning.  It started sleeting as I walked out the door to head to work.  Before lunch, our office was shutting down due to the amount of snow that was sticking to the ground.

Excited to get my weekend started a little early, I headed home.  It took me nearly 2 hours to travel the 4 1/2 mile distance from where I work to my house.  That was a long commute.  By the time I got home, this was the view that was waiting for me. A couple of hours later, the snow was still falling.  It was falling in think clumps that almost didn’t look real.  To look at it from the window, it looked like soap drifting from the sky. We decided to take the girls outside to let them play.  Laila, our Yorkie, has played in snow before.  Mimi, on the other hand, this was her first time playing in the snow.

Mimi loved being outside in the snow.  I had to drag her back inside.

As the evening went on, we lost power.  Fortunately, the husband had picked up fire wood for the fire place.  We were able to light a fire for warmth and light some candles for additional light.  We streamed music from our phone to a battery operated blue tooth speaker so we had something to sing along to as we played games.  We were without power from about 9pm to 2am.  We are incredibly lucky that the power came back on when it did as we were out of fire wood and the house was starting to get really cold.

You can see from the coffee table that I had my pom pom wreath supplies out.  Mimi tried to help me out with a couple of pom poms.  Instead of putting them together, she was taking them apart.  She was able to pull apart two pom poms before I noticed what she was doing.  It was dark, after all.  This is the mess my silly girl made:

Saturday morning I woke up, bundled up, and went out side.  This is how beautiful it was outside:

We got anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of snow.  This is a big deal because I live in Atlanta.  We have lived here for almost four years.  This was our first time seeing snow this early in the season.  It was also the first time we have seen this much snow at one time.  It is common for us to get a light dusting a couple of times during the winter.  Usually, it is February before we see snow.

It was so incredibly beautiful to look at.  Our neighbors even made a snowman.  However, I am very happy to see it go.