Tall Timbers….



Christmas, just wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread cookies. At this
time of the year, it just wouldn’t be right, not to make at least one batch of
gingerbread cookies! There are so many ways to gift these fabulous cookies
in all shapes and sizes. But placing them in a warm set of mittens with a
clever gift tag, is just one fun way to share them.  Placing cookies and
treats in creative boxes and cellophane bags, tied with ribbons and
bows, all make this season of giving that much more personal and fun!


½ c. shortening
½ c. sugar
½ c. molasses
½ tsp. white vinegar
1 egg, beaten
3 c. flour
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground nutmeg

In a heavy pot, on medium heat bring shortening, sugar, molasses and vinegar to a boil, stirring
constantly. Remove from heat to cool down. When mixture is warm, whisk in egg.Whisk flour
before measuring. In a large bowl, whisk all dry ingredients together and add to warm mixture,
stirring until a soft dough forms.Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare jelly roll pans with cooking spray
or use parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough ¼–inch thick. Use a large
tree cookie cutter to cut dough into tree shapes. Place trees on pans 1-inch apart. Bake for 5 to
6 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove cookies from pans and place on a cooling rack for 3 to 5
minutes. Store in airtight containers to keep cookies soft.

Excerpt From: Michelle Huxtable. “The Gathering of Friends volume six A Year of Holidays at Home”


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