Just Say YES to Holiday Cookies

This is not something I love to admit all the time, but every now and then it has to come up. I have a nervous stomach.

I always have. When something is bothering me, I feel it right in the gut – which is a true statement. Sometimes my stomach knows when I’m upset before I do. I’m lucky in that most foods do not affect my stomach, with the exception of the amount of caffeine in coffee. Some members of my family also have nervous stomachs and some have lactose intolerance. When you’re getting groups of people together – and factoring in travel and rich food – you’re bound to run into digestive trouble.

Sometimes it’s best to get relief from the feast and feel better from top to bottom.

That way you can enjoy the tastes of the season – like with soothing ginger. Gingerbread! I really love chewy gingerbread cookies but I wanted to take it to a new level – as gingerbread moose! THEN, I wanted to make them chocolate gingerbread. THEN, I wanted to make them SALTED chocolate gingerbread because I love that taste and it reminds me of the holidays.

I actually pored over a half dozen gingerbread recipes, and then a half dozen chocolate gingerbread recipes and just adapted ingredients how I personally wanted them to taste! They are good! More than 8-10 minutes in the oven is too much, though!

Salted Chocolate Gingerbread Moose.

Salted Chocolate Gingerbread Moose.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 egg - I used jumbo size
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking bar - 16 pieces for us
  • Coarse or kosher sea salt - amount varies by taste


  1. Sift the three cups of flour together in a large mixing bowl. Add sifted cocoa powder, baking soda and salt as well! Set bowl aside.
  2. In an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, white sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves until the mixture is light and fluffy. It was two minutes for us.
  3. Melt the chocolate baking pieces in the microwave or on the stove.
  4. Then add the egg, molasses, melted chocolate mixture and continue beating on medium speed for another two minutes.
  5. On low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients.
  6. Mix until well combined.
  7. Transfer the dough to a plate and flatten it into a disk. Cover it with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  9. Put flour on a flat work surface and roll your dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. I had to separate the dough into quarters and only work with a quarter at a time.
  10. Use your moose cookie cutter (or cookie cutter of choice) and cut out as many cookies as you can.
  11. Place the cookies on the lined cookie sheets about one inch apart then gather all the dough scraps into a ball and place into the fridge until you're ready for a new batch.
  12. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes until slightly raised. Using a spatula, remove the cookies from the cookie sheets, transferring to a cooling rack.
  13. Enjoy!

Don’t mind the sporadic sea salt on our moose! That was Scarlet’s doing. I really love the bit of salt it adds to the recipe, though. The chocolate is very rich, and the ginger very nourishing, so the salt is a great balance of everything.

I’m lucky not to have digestive troubles, other than occasional nervous queasiness and nausea, but for family gatherings, I always make sure the house is stocked with IMODIUM®, LACTAID®, PEPCID, and now new IMODIUM® A-D® Softgels.

With everyday low prices, Walmart is the place for one-stop shopping for the holidays, and that includes purchasing IMODIUM®, LACTAID®, PEPCID, and now new IMODIUM® A-D® Softgels in the pharmacy, in the Antacids section:

I honestly can’t believe it’s already November 1st. I was in the drugstore today and the cashier told me they had a deadline to roll out the holiday stuff by tomorrow. It’s fast! As much as I don’t feel ready for the holiday season, there are so many wonderful things to think about. Family. Friends. Christmas music. (only the good stuff) Our tree. Shopping. And of course – FOOD. You don’t want anything getting in the way of fun this holiday season. Invest in a good book for travel, a plane pillow if you’re flying, IMODIUM® A-D soft gels if you are experiencing any diarrhea including traveling diarrhea and to help restore your natural rhythm of your digestive system, PEPCID® if you are experiencing any heartburn, LACTAID® in case there are some dishes you can’t eat do to dairy restrictions, and LACTAID® supplements for dishes you can’t control.

Visit Walmart’s Digestive Health product page to learn more about, and to shop for these brands!

Look for the coupon in your Sunday paper – this November 6th – to save on Walmart’s digestive health brands!

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