Last night was my daughter’s first preschool Christmas concert. It was without a doubt the most adorable thing I have ever witnessed in my life. Before we left she was so excited! She asked me for days if she could get ready and wear her new dress and “high” heels. When the time came she was bouncing with excitement (the hot chocolate and gingerbread cookie beforehand might also have had something to do with that).
The concert itself….hectic, frenzied and perfect. She was so proud of herself and her friends. My favorite part was when they all walked in, she was at the end of the line and ran over and gave me kiss and a hug. Every parent in that room was beaming with pride for there little ones, I could have caused a city wide power outage with the amount of joy pouring out of me. I just love my girl!
Parents brought in snacks for after the show and we made reindeer and gingerbread heads. Although my cookie decorating skills are something to be desired these cookies taste great and my daughter was as pleased as could be with them and that’s all that mattered. These were a fun treat to make together. Happy baking!
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons milk
Candy and icing to decorate
In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
In a medium sized bowl beat sugars, butter and molasses with an electric mixer until well mixed. Stir in egg and milk until blended. Combine with dry ingredients until well mixed. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide dough into 2 or 3 smaller portions roll dough in a floured surface to about ¼ inch thickness one at a time. Cut with floured cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 5-6 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool before decorating.
Now get creative and decorate! Enjoy!