Gingerbread cookies are a holiday staple, standing at attention in the center of every holiday cookie platter. They're cute, delicious, and fun to make, too. Nothing tastes quite as sweet as homemade gingerbread cookies!
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Before I share my gingerbread cookies recipe, I want to share my version of Twas the Month Before Christmas!
Twas the month before Christmas when all through the house,
To do lists were stirring and freaking mom out!
No shopping was done and there was lots left to do, cause Santa was coming and that means you know who!
The children were nestled all snug on electronics while visions of errands danced in mom's head,
With mom in her sweatsuit and dad all about, she just realized the TP ran out!
She sprang to attention to fix it fast, away to the garage she flew like a flash.
The sun had arisen and time was short,
when what to her wondering eyes should appear a sale at Target® for all she held dear.
Now Napkins! Now paper towels! Now plates she did need!
Now dash away, dash away to Target® she ran, to get great deals with her cartwheel app in hand.
She sprung to her SUV with her kids gave a whistle, and away the flew like the down of a thistle.
I heard her exclaim as she drove out of sight Quilted Northern®'s on sale so stock up tonight!
OK, I may be freaking out a little that it's one month till Christmas and I'm nowhere near ready. I've not ordered any gifts yet and there is a ton of decorating to do! I know that it's just going to get busier and busier, so I'm trying to get some of the little things done now, like stocking up on basic necessities.
Just like toilet paper, Christmas traditions are necessities, and we love them.
We have a tradition every year of making cookies for Santa, and one of our favorites is this gingerbread cookies recipe. It's small traditions that keep the holidays fun and special, and this gingerbread recipe is pure holiday delight.
We have lots of little fun holiday traditions in our home, like the elf on the shelf who is always getting into mischief especially in the bathroom! Our elves almost always toilet paper our Christmas tree at least once!
We also have these big Santa bags the kids put out on Christmas Eve for their elves to deliver to Santa. Santa puts all their gifts from him (aka anything too big or awkward to wrap) in the bags, dropping them under the tree for Christmas morning.
To make sure we get all this holiday fun in, I head to Target® to stock up on basics so I don't run out of anything during December! This momma doesn't have time to make 10 trips for everything she forgets the first time. This means paper towels, paper plates, napkins and toilet paper.
As I've mentioned before we are total devotees of Quilted Northern® Toilet Tissue – only the best for our holiday guests. It's the style leader in making sure your bathroom is designed to be forgotten. As my hubby says the “pooper” is important, so it has to feel good, and for me it has to look good. Perception is everything you know 😉
Right now through November 27th you can buy 3 Quilted Northern® Double Rolls in the 12 pack and receive a $5 Target®Gift Card! I don't know about you, but I can always use a Target® gift card! Use the Cartwheel app on your phone to save even more. Don't forget to check out the savings on Brawny paper towels and Vanity Fair napkins, too.Now that your bathroom is all ready, you can get to baking these yummy little men with the slight spice of ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.
Depending on the thickness of the dough, this gingerbread cookies recipe can make crispy cookies, or chewy and soft.
Don't worry, because the exact instructions are below. This gingerbread cookies recipe will make 2-3 dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
The boys love cutting them out, then decorating them with the royal icing recipe you'll also find below. On Christmas Eve night, before they go to bed, we pull out our special Santa plate and put it on the hearth with a glass of milk. They love coming down the next morning to see how much Santa has eaten.
To get the best results from this recipe make sure your dough is cold. When you cut them out and go to press your scraps together for a second run, put the combined scraps back in the fridge again for about 3-5 minutes before rolling it out a second time. You will also want to turn the baking pan 180 degrees 1/2 way through cooking to ensure an evenly baked cookie.
Here's the gingerbread cookies recipe.
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