Saturday, December 3, 2011

day 10 - baking day!

What would Christmas be without baked goodies?

The dessert table is set up for the month by the tree, the fire is lit in the fireplace, and it's looking like a cold, rainy day is in the works (Louisiana's snow season!)  So, it's time to turn the oven to 350 degrees and drag out the traditional pans...

We will begin today by sharing one of our favorite recipes of the Season.  If you have some special favorites, it would be so kind of you to share them with us in the comment section below. We will also be sharing more recipes as the Season progresses.


2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup shortening
1 1/3 cups molasses
2 eggs
5 1/2 cups flour
5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
cookie cutters (gingerbread men, Christmas trees, etc.)

1.  Using an electric mixer, cream together brown sugar, shortening, and molasses.

2.  Beat in eggs one at a time.

3.  Slowly mix in remaining ingredients.

4.  Gather dough into a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour.

5.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.

6.  On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness.  Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.  Place one inch apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 - 8 minutes.

7.  In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar and water.  Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing is of a consistency that spreads easily.

8.  Decorate cookies with icing and candy.

(taken from The Christmas Vault)

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