One thing I always have during Christmas is gingerbread cookies! It’s the perfect time!
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed (light brown sugar may be substituted)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch salt, optional and to taste
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- Cookies – To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butter, sugars, egg, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.
- Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the molasses, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, optional salt, and beat on medium-high speed until combined and smooth, about 1 minute.
- Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, cream of tartar, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 45 seconds.
- Preheat oven to 350F, spray pan with cooking spray; set aside.
- Cinnamon-Sugar Coating – Add sugar and cinnamon to a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Roll each mound of dough through the coating, liberally coating all sides. After all mounds have been coated, I like to go back and double-dip each mound to get an extra-thick coating.
- Place coated mounds on baking sheets, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for about 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are have crackled; don’t overbake for soft cookies (I bake mine 8 to 8 1/2 minutes and they’re extremely soft and a touch underdone but firm up in time; for crispier cookies, bake longer). Cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don’t use a rack.
- Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
Do you have a favorite Christmas candy?
You can’t go wrong with the classic peppermint candy cane!
What’s your favorite Christmas memory/is there a toy you received that to this day still makes you smile thinking of it?
I love to read and some of my favorite Christmas memories are receiving a stack of books and laying on the couch reading all day long. For a favorite, I would have to say anything “American Girl.” I had the book series and a Kaylee doll that looked like me. I still have the doll too!
What sort of things did you get in your stocking as a child?
I always asked for socks — I know, so strange for a kid — but I loved socks and I had an obsession with patterned and mis-matched socks, so I usually got a pair of socks in my stocking, probably since books couldn’t fit in a stocking and that was always my favorite gift!
Do you have a favorite Christmas album?
“My Kind of Christmas” by Reba McEntire!
Do you have any favorite tradition’s or favorite movie’s for the holiday season?
Every year I have to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Elf.” They’re my favorite Christmas movies, and it just isn’t a holiday season without watching them. Basically anyone who accepts my obsession of Christmas time I would watch them with, so sometimes I re-watch them too!
What’s been your favorite album/song of 2017?
“Heart Break” the song and the album by Lady Antebellum.
What are your hopes for 2018? Any exciting plans?
Wow, how is 2018 right around the corner? Well I’ll be graduated when that time comes so that’s extremely exciting for me! Aside from finishing school, I’m really looking forward to having that time and schedule to focus on my music and maybe take a few more vacations with my family.