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Gingerbread Cookies

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • Decorating sugar or sprinkles (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, and salt; set aside. With an electric mixer, mix  butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in molasses and egg. With mixer on low, add dry ingredients; mix just until a dough forms. Place dough on floured plastic wrap; pat into an 8-inch square. Wrap well; chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough in half. Working with one half at a time (rewrap and refrigerate other half), place dough on floured parchment or waxed paper; roll out 1/8 inch thick, turning, lifting, and flouring dough (and rolling pin) as needed. Freeze dough (on paper) until firm, about 20 minutes.
  • 3. Loosen dough from paper. Cut out shapes, and transfer to baking sheets. Decorate with sugar or sprinkles, as desired.
  • 4. Bake until firm and edges just begin to darken, 10 to 18 minutes, depending on size. Cool completely on baking sheets.

If you’d like to put icing on your cookies, here’s a quick and easy recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon extract (vanilla, lemon, almond)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup warm water

Directions:

With an electric mixer, mix together the powdered sugar and meringue powder.

Add the water and beat until peaks start to show and the icing becomes glossy (5-7 min).

You can add more water, to make it more runny, or more powdered sugar, to make the icing thicker.

Load the icing into a bag, snip the tip, and start decorating!

 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

 

What you will need

  • Small pot
  • Something to stir with (preferably a spatula)
  • Milk or non-dairy milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar (amount can be changed for your preference)
  • 5 fresh mint leaves (or 1 drop peppermint extract)
  • Strainer
  • Topping
    • Whipped cream
    • Mini marshmallows
  • A holiday mug

 

Instructions:

  1. Pour milk or non-dairy milk into a pot and bring to a boil
  2. Add in cocoa powder and sugar, stir until combined
  3. Add mint leaves or peppermint extract
  4. Let boil for 2 minutes
  5. Strain hot chocolate to remove the mint leaves and pour into a holiday mug
  6. Top with whipped cream and mini marshmallows
  7. Enjoy! (*Caution it is hot*)

 

We hope you enjoy these delicious holiday treats that are perfect for Christmas and embody Christmas flavors. Don’t forget to check back each week for more cooking!

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Antonia d'Auria, Contributor
Antonia d’Auria is eleven years old and she is in seventh grade. She plays the violin as a hobby. Antonia likes to read and spends most of her free time reading. She lives in Pasadena, California with her sister and parents.
Hannah Sherman, Contributor
Hannah Sherman is twelve years old and attends 7th grade at St.Philip the Apostle School.  In her spare time, Hannah enjoys dancing at the Dance Conservatory of Pasadena with her friends. She also enjoys reading for fun and spending time with her friends.
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