My Favorite Cookie To Make At Christmas Time

Dated: 12/15/2016

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My Favorite Cookie To Make At Christmas Time

I love to bake at Christmas, well honestly - I love to bake all year long !!!!  Years ago, when I was still in college, I didn't have a lot of money for Christmas decorations so, I had to get creative.  I decided to decorate my Christmas Tree with gingerbread men.  Ever since then I always make gingerbread men to decorate my christmas tree and of coarse to eat - YUM.  Throughout the years I have made gingerbread houses too.  My children love making gingerbread houses - well they love eating the candy while decorating their houses.  But I still love creating my special gingerbread men.  They are fun to decorate, fun to eat ,and fun to hang on the christmas tree.  We also LOVE going to New Orleans and seeing all the beautiful Gingerbread creations.  Check out these websites:

Ritz Carlton                   http://

The Roosevelt              http://

Harrah's                        http://

Here's my Gingerbread Recipe for my Christmas Gingerbread Men:

1/2 cup butter - softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1 egg

3 3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

Cream the butter and brown sugar together

Add the molasses 

Add the egg - beat together

Mix the flour and all the remaining ingredients together with a wire whisk

Add the flour mixture 1/3 of the mixture at a time.

Roll the dough out onto a floured surface and cut into gingerbread men.

Bake 325 for 10 minutes

Let the cookies cool completely and then decorate them with royal icing, red hots, snowcaps,  mini m&m's, and whatever else you would like.

Royal Icing

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 egg white

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Beat 3/4 cup powdered sugar with egg white and lemon juice until thick about 10 minutes

Add remaining sugar and beat until stiff.

Put it in a piping bag and get started decorating.  Be sure to keep it covered because it will harden if not covered.  

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We also decorated our gingerbread men with candy - red hots, snow caps, sprinkles, colored sugar, and M & M's.

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Libby Cabrera

Libby is a proud mother of three children and currently resides on the Northshore in Mandeville. She was born and raised in Southern California and has personally moved several times with her family s....

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