At Christmas one of my most beloved traditions growing up was to decorate gingerbread houses. I know it is not exactly original, but it was fun. My mother baked, cut out and assembled about 14 houses a year and we each decorated 1 or 2. Then my mom would deliver the houses to all of our friends.
What could be more exciting for a munchkin? Cookie houses, covered in frosting and bowls an bowls of brightly colored candy. Uh, yeah, for me that was paradise. However up until I was married and Justin and I started making them did I realize you could actually eat one of these… we just always decorated them for the fun of it and gave them away. Justin likes to eat his,
Only recently did my mom tell me about how good the dough was as cookies. Technically the houses get a bit more flour and cooking time to help them hold their form, but the cookies are soft and delicious. So Merry Christmas!
Chewy Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
|1 1/2 cup butter||2 tsp. cinnamon|
|2 cups brown sugar||1 1/2 tsp. cloves|
|2 eggs||1 1/2 tsp ginger|
|1/2 cup molasses||1/2 tsp salt|
|4 cups flour||2 tsp. baking soda|
Preheat oven to 350
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, mix with a whisk and set aside.
In another bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and molasses, combine thoroughly. Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture, till combined.
Scoop out the cookies and roll in brown sugar. Freeze or bake at this point. If baking, place on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. (I used a small scoop and it made 4-5 dozen) If frozen simply pull them out and place on cookie sheet and bake.
Don’t forget the HUGE giveaway’s we have going on now!