Recipe for Ginger Cookies to Cut into Shapes

Old Fashioned Ginger Cut Outs

Makes one delicious batch (numbers are variable, depending on the size of cutters you use)

These deliciously crisp and spicy cookies are a wonderful addition to any holiday tray. Decorate them any way you like, with coloured icings and sprinkles, candies, currants. Let your imagination go wild!

8 TBS softened butter
1/2 cup packed light soft brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom

For Icing Glaze:

2 cups icing sugar

2 TBS of milk or water

A Variety of sprinkles, candy and glitter to decorate

Pre-heat the oven to 160C/350F. Cream together butter and sugar. Then beat in the molasses and egg.

Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add to the creamed mixture and mix until well blended. Put into a plastic bag and refrigerate for one hour.

Roll out onto a lightly floured surface, 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 3 inch squares or use your choice of cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place on baking sheets and bake for 7 to 9 minutes until set and lightly browned. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze, sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add enough of the milk to make a smooth glaze. You may not need it all, you only want it thin enough to run freely, but still be stiff enough to lay on the cookie without all running off.

Dip each cookie into the glaze and then hold it over the bowl for a few seconds to let any excess drip off. Lay on a wire rack and immediately sprinkle with whatever candies etc. you wish to decorate it with. Allow to dry and harden before removing to store in an air tight container.

Snow is Getting Rained Out

Getting ready to head out to work. Picked up a cold from somewhere. Feeling pretty yucky but don’t want to miss any more days. Bought groceries last night after work, some things for making cookies and cabbage rolls. Will be nice to have the cabbage rolls. But I forgot to get sour cream, not essential but would have been extra good with sour cream.

Loads of snow here still but yesterday it was melting and today it is being rained out. The metal roof on the house is almost cleared off now. Tons of snow on the yard now between the snowfall and the snow sliding off the roof. Too bad there aren’t any kids here to make a snow village of people and a big fort. Would have been the best Christmas decorating for the outside.

Secret Santa Day

I was away on the day they had set for the exchange and then forgot to bring it in yesterday when I went back to work. So today I have my gift for the Secret Santa exchange sitting out right by my coat and boots. I’m even thinking about spoiling myself and taking a taxi in so I don’t have to carry it in on the bus. It’s not hugely heavy but it’s ackward hauling around more stuff and it’s not exactly light either. Plus I’m just fed up with waiting for the bus.

Tired today too. Couldn’t seem to get to sleep till nearly 7:00 this morning. Then woke up before 11:00. Hope I can do better tonight so I’m not turning into a zombie.

Still no tree up but I am starting to feel that I will, maybe, do it. Maybe. No promises. Doesn’t sound like I’m going anywhere for Christmas and I will be working Boxing Day now. I could put up all the tree stuff on Christmas Day, I will be here. Would be nice to make cookies then too. Just thought of that idea. I’d need to haul flour and such here before the grocery stores are closed up for the holidays.