Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

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The holidays are here, and with them comes large amounts of fatty, sugary, delicious food. And enough guilt and gym memberships to scare us away from eating all these things for another year. When I think of the holidays, I think of cookies. And a variety I have never actually eaten myself is the gingerbread cookie. I remember decorating them with bright red and green food coloured icing in elementary school, and looking at all the other kids eating their cookies, while my gingerbread man stayed intact until he was brought home for my sister to eat.

This recipe is also friendly to many food allergies, and bonus, can be made vegan. You'll need:

  • 1 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • egg replacer for 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

All Ingredients

How to make it:

1. Beat together the margarine/butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add egg replacer, molasses and apple cider vinegar and set aside.

Mix sugar and butter Add wet to sugar:butter2. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.

Dry ingredients in bowl3. Combine the dry ingredients with the margarine/butter mixture and stir until well mixed.

Wet and dry together in bowl Dough4. Refrigerate for at least two hours, or overnight.

Chilled dough5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Oven dial6. Form mixture into 1/2 inch balls and flatten, or, roll out onto a floured surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters.

7. Place on cookie sheets and bake for 6-8 minutes until done.

CookiesThe verdict:

My first ever bite of gingerbread cookies, and I thought they tasted, well, weird. I was expecting sweet, sugary, cookie goodness. But as the more savoury, tangy flavour of the molasses and the cinnamon and ginger came through, it was a-freaking-mazing. My sister came upstairs for seconds, so I figured I did something right. I love how simple these cookies are to make too, and really quick in the oven. My first batch nearly burned because I did not expect my archaic oven to cook them in only 8 minutes.

Also, this is no measly batch of cookies. I almost made five dozen cookies from this recipe. So if you have any sort of pot luck or family event to go to and you're bringing dessert, this may be a perfect time saver.

Christmas tree

Last night, my family put up our Christmas tree and decorated it while watching Home Alone, drinking hot chocolate and eating homemade popcorn. I also spend most of the day playing with my new Christmas present to myself, the Nikon D3100. I've had my eye on it for a long time, and now I'm excited to have it for both work and play.

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