Thursday, December 1, 2016

The 12 Days of Christmas...Cookies

Call me crazy. 

Christmas is fast approaching. Although it comes at the same time every year, I'm feeling a bit unprepared--caught off-guard by how quickly spring, summer, and the year have gone by. There's shopping, decorating, and some sewing to do. But one thing that I always look forward to is the Christmas baking. My goal is 12 different cookies in 12 days. Can I do it?

One of my favorites is a soft, ginger cookie created by Nancy Bolton-Rawles of Eagle Point, Oregon. Her recipe was published by Sunset in their December 2006 edition. I think you will agree with me that it is worth making, over and over again. 

Frosted Ginger Cookies

  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp each salt, ground cloves, and freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup granulated sugar with buter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg and molasses.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and spices. Add to butter mixture and blend well.
  3. Fill a shallow bowl with granulated sugar. Break off walnut-size pieces of dough and roll into balls; roll balls in sugar. Arrange on greased cookie sheets and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to cooling racks.
  4. Meanwhile, make glaze: Combine powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon water and stir until smooth, then stir in lemon juice. Drizzle glaze over cookies.
Makes 40 cookies

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  1. I'm not sure how one would describe our approach to Christmas. We don't decorate. A tree is usually an afterthought. We don't give gifts. We have a family dinner on Christmas Day and that's baking Christmas cookies? Not likely, but I'll pass this recipe on to a friend who really gets into it.

  2. Thank you Bill. I think the aroma of cookies baking is one of the most Heavenly things on earth. If it helps don't call them "Christmas Cookies." Have a great day my friend.

  3. I'm going to start my cookie baking this weekend. Since it's only me and my son, I limit myself to two different types.

    Your ginger cookies sound delicious. Love that flavor! How are you doing on 1 type per day?

  4. Shauna - I used to bake a ton of cookies between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That was when my girls were in school and there were always teachers and friends to share with. Now it's just the 3 of us, and we are all adults watching out waistlines, so there is not as much baking as in years ago.