Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cookie Traditions

This year marks the 18th year we've been baking Gingerbread Cookie with my childhood best friend and her family. You'd think baking cookies with 7 kids decorating might be a little crazy and I can assure you - it's a LOT crazy.

But over the years my friend and I have developed a great system and the kids have evolved. When the kids were very little we had cookies that were barely decorated, as they grew - along with their imaginations - the cookies become more and more elaborate.

As you can imagine, with a group of 5 boys and 2 girls we've seen our share of beautiful creations that are almost too pretty to eat to the mutants covered with red-hots that burst in the oven. The boys now range from 22 down to 11 and you can bet we've had years with cookie trays full of anatomically correct gingerbread men!

But no matter what they look like in the end, it doesn't matter. We've got a holiday tradition that will last forever in my kids memories. A wholesome day of cookie rolling, cutting and decorating and then eating! And what else would you expect from a waitress at the otherworld diner?

Debora's Gingerbread Men

1 Cup Butter

1 Cup Sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1 egg

1 Cup dark molasses

2 Tbs vinegar

5 Cups flour

1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

Cream butter, salt and sugar. Add egg, molasses and vinegar. Stir in flour, Baking soda and spices. Chill a few hours before rolling out. Roll out to your desired thickness, bake in a 350 degree oven approximately 7 minutes. Let cool on wire rack. Enjoy!


  1. So...can I come over and make cookies, too?

  2. Cool. I was just looking for a good gingerbread cookie recipe.

  3. Those are Christmas memories you can't wrap and put under the tree. I'm sure the tradition will pass on to generations to come.

    Happy Holidays!


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