If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I baked a batch of these gingerbread cookies a few weeks ago (well, part of a batch - the recipe below makes six dozen!). I felt like baking something Christmasy and old-fashioned and these were just perfect (just ask SD). So good, in fact, that we decided to make another part of a batch to give as gifts to friends and colleagues this week.
Plus, our heat hasn't been working that well for the last week, or so and we were happy to huddle around the oven for a few hours on Saturday!
One of our cookie gift baskets, ready to go!
There's something so special about giving to others at this time of the year. Whether it's the gift of time or patience, or something more tangible, I am convinced that showing our love and appreciation for others at any time of the year makes the world a better place. Enjoy the gingerbread cookies!
P.S. Don’t forget: I'm hosting a holiday giveaway!
Read the details and enter here. Hurry! The giveaway closes the day after Christmas.
Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies from Southern Living
Ingredients: 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup molasses 2 tablespoons white vinegar 1 large egg 5 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves
Directions: Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar and salt, beating well. Add molasses, vinegar, and egg, beating at low speed just until blended. Combine flour and next four ingredients; add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Cover and chill 8 hours. Divide dough into fourths. Roll each portion to a 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut with a 3-inch cookie cutter. Place on lightly greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes. Cool on pans 1 minute (this allows cookies to lift easily off of pan); then place on wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired. Yield: 6 dozen.
For a twist on this traditional favorite, see this recipe for Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies!