Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!!! It has been a wonderful day filled with snow off and on and right now, late in the evening it is coming down nicely! I hope to wake up to a winter wonderland!
So, I was not able to score a crate of beautiful local apples! Sad panda 🙁 I went to the 9’s Market this morning. It was snowing and frigid cold and a bit windy. A beautiful morning to me.
They were selling crates of apples but for WAY more than I was prepared to pay and way more Yen than what I had on me or usually carry on me. It would have cost about $100.00 USD. Not what I wanted to spend on just apples. Oh well. Planned a new dessert for the Christmas party…a Christmas Cake 🙂
It’s Christmas week and I am happy & excited! How about you?
- 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 1½ Stick Butter, softened
- 2 Eggs
- ½ Cup Molasses
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 4 Cups Flour, Extra for rolling out cookies
- 2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
- 1½ Teaspoons Baking Soda
- ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
- ½ Teaspoon Ground Cloves
- ¼ Teaspoon All-Spice
- ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- In a stand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter. Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incporated, and then add the molasses and vanilla extract. Sift together the dry ingredients in a bowl and slowly add to the egg mixture until evenly combined and a dough forms.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour until firm. Divide the dough into halves and roll out each half at a time onto a floured work surface. Roll until the dough is ⅛-inch thick and cut out the gingerbread men. Lay them out on baking sheets. Repeat steps with the dough scraps and the other half of dough.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, until the edges are browned. Make sure cookies are fully cooled before decorating! Decorate using icing, frosting, candies or whatever you would like!