Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Cookies

I will be posting about Christmas-y  things until Christmas arrives. And it isn't the holidays without....CHRISTMAS COOKIES! In my family , we take cookie baking seriously-

   











                           See my brother's blog for gingerbread pics.  childressdvm.blogspot.com


Here is our gingerbread recipe:

Makes 2 dozen or 24 (1 cookie) servings.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes per batch
INGREDIENTS
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons ginger,ground
1 teaspoon  Cinnamon,ground
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon  Nutmeg, Ground
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS
1. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to

 wire racks; cool completely. Decorate cooled cookies as desired. Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.

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