Christmas is coming! It’s so very close, and I just can’t wait for it to be here! Well, I would like a little more time to finish up everything that has to be done before Christmas. I don’t know how things just pile up, but I suppose it is partially my fault… I just think of too many awesome presents/projects at the last minute and want to finish them all! 😀
Anyways, a few months ago when I was looking through my book, I saw these Molasses Cutouts and knew that I had to make them for Christmas. There were just so festive! This recipe somewhat similar to a gingerbread recipe, but it has no ginger. Instead, the flavor comes from a tasty amount of nutmeg and molasses. Mmm. The cookies are soft when you bite into them and they are full of flavor.
To start things off, I beat the shortening for a short while and then added the sugar, nutmeg, baking powder and salt. It was recommended to use freshly grated nutmeg, but I took the easy way out and used ground nutmeg. From what I read, though, fresh nutmeg is absolutely delicious.
Next, I added in the egg, molasses, and vinegar and everything turned to this beautiful color.Last up, I mixed in the flour. After slowly beating the flour into the mixture, I divided the dough in half and put it in the fridge to chill for a few hours. When the dough was ready, I rolled it out on the counter and went to work cutting out my cute little gingerbread men. Also, as was expected, I made a huge mess in the kitchen. There was flour EVERYWHERE. 😀I decided to go with two different sizes of the same shape gingerbread man. Here is the big fellow below. 🙂 For the icing, I chose to use royal icing. For the colors, I was aiming for red and white, but my red ended up more on the pink side of the spectrum so I just went with it.
And of course, you have to have the traditional style. Don’t tell the others, but this one with the overalls is my favorite. 🙂Thank you so much for coming by the blog! I hope you all have a great weekend and don’t worry overly much about all of the stresses of the season. Instead, take a breath, have a cookie, and dwell on the true meaning of this wonderful Christmas season.
Luke 2:10-11 “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
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