It’s that time of year again with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner. So how do we start off November? With dessert of course! And these holiday table treats are so much fun if you’re entertaining a moderate to large sized group for the holidays. Making gingerbread cookies and a gingerbread house is also a great way to keep the kids organized, engaged and distracted. While the kids are assembling and decorating the cookies and house, the parents can have some much needed “adult time”!
Up first, Gingerbread Cookies!
- ¾ Cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 stick butter or margarine, softened
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup molasses
- 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Using an electric mixer at a low speed, cream the sugar and butter together until thoroughly combined.
- Add eggs and molasses (mix until combined).
- Sift together: flour, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and combine with a spoon or spatula. Refrigerate for about 30-45 to firm the dough.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, use a cookie cutter to stamp out gingerbread men.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 10-12 minutes (use confectionary sugar, icing, and any type of candy and sprinkles for the kids to decorate).
(My favorite holiday table treats to make and eat!)
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon fine salt
- ¾ cup unsalted butter (1 ½ stick), softened
- 2/3 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
- 1 large egg
- ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped from pod or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup raspberry, cherry or strawberry jam
- Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
- In another bowl, whip the butter and sugar with a hand-held mixer until fluffy (or about 5 minutes).
- Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients until completely incorporated. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to firm up the dough.
- Scoop the dough into 1-inch balls with a cookie or ice cream scooper. Place about 2-inches apart on the baking sheet. Press a thumbprint into the center of each ball, about ½ inch deep.
- Fill each indentation with about ¾ teaspoon of your favorite jam or preserve. *Make sure to roll edges inward (so that the jam is securely in the center and will not leak while the cookies spread in the oven).
- Bake cookies until edges are golden brown 10-15 minutes. Cool cookies on the baking sheet.
Have fun baking! What are some of your favorite holiday table treats?
“The holidays are almost near so it’s about that time to spread the holiday cheer so whether you plan on cozying up beside an intimate fire for two or celebrating with a house that’s completely full, here are some fun things to make your holiday bright and fill your days with a whole lot of delight!”