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It’s funny how the light and spirit of the holiday season almost completely make up for the actual loss of light – with the early sunsets. My parents had their annual holiday party and I’m feeling warmed right now just remembering how nice it felt to be there. With my kids, with the holiday spirit, with nieces and nephews, and with the gorgeousness that surrounds us.
It wasn’t even sad when I left, even with the lingering goodbyes and the dark house we came home to, because the holidays are only a week away (Hanukkah) and three weeks away (Christmas)! And there were cookies! Lots of cookies! My mom is kind of the queen of holiday baking, and usually rolls out batches of sugar and butter cookies like it’s her job! I suppose for many, cookie baking is their job. For me, it’s both a challenge and a joy. I love my recipes to have benefits and meaning.
It’s important to say what inspired this recipe. And that’s Nature Made® Vitamin D3 2000 IU Tablets – found at Walmart. I’m always striving to live a healthier life, but I ramp it up during the holiday season. Life needs it, and I start with taking my daily Vitamin D vitamins with Nature Made. I find them in the vitamins aisle at Walmart. They’re my winter must-have!
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While I feel like I have sugar and butter, and even chocolate chip cookies, totally figured out, this was the year to try a new gingerbread recipe. I first tried it at my parent’s farm, and then perfected it at home. I had to play around with it! I wanted only about half the sugar I usually use, and double the ginger. I love the feel-good ginger. Making cookies from scratch is a rewarding experience – and it’s nice to have my kids around too to taste test and see all the gorgeous ingredients that go in there. Do you love ginger the way I do? It makes me feel warmer all winter long. This is a feel good recipe for the season:
- 2 1/4 cups organic flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 4 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
- 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 3/4 cup organic butter, softened
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. organic sugar, divided
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 pkg. white chocolate melts
- Fun sprinkles
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
- 3. Add the egg, molasses, and vanilla and blend well.
- 4. In another bowl, combine the flour, soda, salt, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir this into the sugar mixture until well combined.
- 5. Roll dough into about 1 ½ inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Dip a glass into the extra sugar and press each cookie until flattened just slightly.
- 6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, remove and cool completely.
- 7. Melt the chocolate per package directions and dip half of each cookie into the chocolate and lay back on the baking sheet. Place 2 little holly leaves and 3 red holly balls onto the chocolate.
- 8. Let the cookies sit until the chocolate hardens.
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1 Fulgoni V, et al. Foods, Fortificants, and Supplements: Where do Americans get their nutrients? J of Nutrition 2011;141:1847-1854.