My father read the Christmas story and the grandchildren listened quietly, quietly because the quietest earned the opportunity to pick the first Christmas carol we would sing. My nephew, Holden, was the winner and he chose Frosty the Snowman!
Audrey and I had been making cookies for a couple weeks. I wanted to serve a variety because my grandmother, my mother's mother, used to always bring a huge variety of her homemade cookies with her when she came to our home at Christmas. This year I made some traditional and some new, including:
(From the current issue of Bon Appetit and which I served single instead of sandwiched. You pipe the dough for these cookies, which was a first for me. Fun to make and very tasty! )
(I have been making these for a few years and LOVE them! Not too difficult!)
Underachiever Homemade Sandwich Cookies rolled in green and red sugar
Caramel Apple Cookies and homemade caramels my sister made.
(Saw these cookies earlier this year and had to try them!)
Luckily we had a decent crowd so we don't have too many cookies left over. The challenge of baking them all is trying not to eat them all!
The highlight of the evening was singing The Twelve Days of Christmas. I have assembled props, including Audubon stuffed birds with recorded bird calls (my favorite is the French Hen), for each of the days and we line up the cousins, each with a prop or an action and sing through all twelve. I love the leaping lords!
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Ginger Molasses Cookies
2 ¼ c sifted flour
1 t. salt
2 t. soda
½ t. ground cloves
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. ginger
¾ c. shortening
1 c. brown sugar
¼ c. molasses
Sift flour salt soda cloves cinnamon and ginger. Mix shortening, brown sugar and egg until creamy. Mix in molasses and then flour mixture. Refrigerate dough 1 hour or longer.
Heat oven to 375-degrees. Shape dough in walnut sized balls. Dip one side in granulated sugar (or "raw" sugar). Place 3” apart on greased cookies sheet, sugar side up. Sprinkle each cookie with water. Bake 12-15 minutes.
These cookies are good a bit underbaked if you like them soft and chewy or baked longer for more crunch. If you like them soft take them out when they are still a bit soft and let them cool a few minutes on the cookie sheet.