Ornamental Cookie Frosting

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This frosting is ideal to be used with Gingerbread Men cookies.

PREP TIME: 20 min  COOK TIME: 0 min  TOTAL TIME: 20 min  YIELD: Varies
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners (icing) sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 egg white
Directions:
  1. Combine sugar, cream of tartar, and egg white in bowl.  Mix at high speed until mixture is so stiff that a knife drawn through leaves a clean path.  (add small amounts of additional sugar if required to achieve this).
  2. To decorate cookies, spoon mixture into a cake decorator.  If you don’t have a cake decorator, use a plastic freezer bag instead by spooning mixture into bag and cutting a small piece from the corner of the bag to pipe icing and decorate as desired.

Gingerbread Men

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It’s starting to feel like Christmas!  We managed to get our tree up today, and with that comes gingerbread cookie season…(photos to come soon).

This recipe comes from The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook (a classic from 1980).  This cookbook reminds me of my grandma, and baking these cookies at her house when I was younger… so much that the book automatically opens to this page because of how well used this recipe is.

PREP TIME: 2 min   COOK TIME: 8 min   TOTAL TIME: 10 min   YIELD: 24-36
Ingredients:
  • 2 1/4 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup White sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (I use non-hydrogenated margarine)
  • 1/2 cup Light molasses
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
Directions:
  1. Mix sugar, margarine, molasses, and egg together.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients together well, then add margarine mixture until well blended.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 ºF.
  5. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll chilled dough 1/8″ thick (crispier cookies) or 1/4″ thick (softer cookies).  With cookie cutters, cut out men (or any other shapes that you might like).
  6. Don’t have a gingerbread man cookie cutter?  Make one easily enough by tracing the gingerbread man shape onto a piece of paper, cutting it out to use as a stencil, and just cut gingerbread dough around using a small knife.
  7. With pancake turner, place cookies 1/2″ apart on cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes in preheated oven, remove and cool cookies on rack before decorating.  Overcooked gingerbread cookies will be crunchier/dryer (we prefer them soft/chewy around our house).
  9. Decorate (cooled) cookies with Ornamental Cookie Frosting.
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This recipe is an old one but definitely an all-time favorite.  There’s nothing healthy about it either, it’s just straight-up sweet chocolatey goodness.  And the perfect thing to wind down the weekend with for some easy Sunday baking.

This used to be my go-to recipe for bringing to work to share with colleagues, if I felt the urge to bake.  I say “used to be…” because ever since I found myself married, I rarely have baking to bring to work anymore as it seems to disapear at home somewhere.

PREP TIME: 15 min    COOK TIME: 10 min   TOTAL TIME: 25 min   YIELD: 36
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, or butter if you must
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 package (or 2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF.
  2. Beat margarine, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. (Hint: don’t melt the margerine/butter! It seems to cause the cookies to end up flat as pancakes.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, then stir into margarine mixture until well blended. Mix in Chocolate chips.
  4. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes or just until set. Transfer to cooling rack.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is and has been my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies since, well, really I started baking for myself at all;  I consider this one tried, tested and proven.

Cookie perfection in this case, to me means not overcooked, slightly chewy chocolately goodness, mmmmmmmmm…  The key to that in this case is not to overbake.

PREP TIME: 15 min    COOK TIME: 8 min   TOTAL TIME: 23 min    YIELD: 18
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, NOT melted (or substitute butter, softened)
  • 1 cup semi-packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 ºF
  2. Beat margarine, sugars, vanilla, and eggs until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in flour, salt, baking soda (by hand) until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until just lightly browned. Transfer to cooling rack.