I'm super excited about the new series that I'm starting today!
This is the first in my Girls' Nights series……each week will be either a Girls' Night Out (makeup or fashion tutorial) or a Girls' Night In (recipe and drink pairing). So come back each Wednesday, for Girl's Nights!
This is the first recipe I remember making……every year in the Fall and Winter. I make Gingerbread Cookie's every year, and always use this recipe…..it's not as sweet as normal gingerbread cookies, and everytime I make it…..people beg for the recipe. I can't take credit for it…..a dear friend of my mom's gave it to her when I was 2, and we've been making it ever since.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and set the butter out to soften.
Ingredients: Flour, salt, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, butter, sugar, eggs, baking soda, molasses
Needed: Wax paper, parchment paper or cooking spray, cookie cutters
1) Sift the following into 1 cup of flour: 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of cloves, 3 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ginger then set aside.
2) Cream: 1 cup of butter, 1 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg then set aside.
3) Heat 1/3 cup of water and then stir 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into it. As it is still bubbling, stir in 1 cup of molasses (do not use mixer, hand stir).
4) Add molasses mixture to butter mixture and mix.
5) Add flour and spices and beat until mixed.
6) Add 5 more cups of flour (1 at a time), beat until mixed.
The dough will be soft and flexible, not sticky…..if sticky, add more flour!
Freezing: Divide the dough into thirds. Roll each piece into a ball and wrap in wax paper. Chill in the freezer for 1 hour.
Cookie Preparation: Roll each section of dough onto a floured surface and cut with a floured cookie cutter.
Baking: Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 8 -10 minutes then cool on a cooling rack.
Drink Pairing: Serve with Sparkling Wine or Hot Apple Cider.
Mix in a few of your best girlfriends….and enjoy!
What's your favorite food for a girls' night in?