My Favorite Things

Do you ever have a question stuck in your head that keeps you awake at night? Such as, if lava comes from the core of the earth, and it’s been erupting through volcanoes in the earth’s crust for millions of years, how is there seemingly an endless supply of liquid earth core? Is it just constantly being pushed back down, remelted only to be erupted again to the surface? Also, why is the Sound of Music song “Favorite Things” played often during the holiday season? Is it really a holiday song? These are the questions that keep me awake at night. And before you comment about this new fangled thing called “Google” let me just say, I enjoy questioning the world around me and then discussing these queries late at night with the Bean Bunny Kitty. 

Instead of humming more about “brown paper packages tied up with string” let me tell you about a few of my favorite things:

  • Hot tea on a rainy day. 
  • Melted Cheese
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Melted Cheese
  • Fishing trips with my husband
  • My cute cuddly kids who pretend to be oh so good when they know Santa might be watching.

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And boy have they been good/nailed the innocent look!

  • Melted Cheese
  • Making my house smell like gingerbread cookies.
  • How kitties either attack or lay under Christmas trees. 

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This is my good friend’s kitty patiently and cozily awaiting for Santa. If this is the lump of coal you get when you’re naughty, then I don’t wanna be good!

  • Melted Cheese
  • When my husband laughs
  • Moose
  • Baby socks

*sigh*

Anyway, I love giving gingerbread cookies to family and friends at Christmas time. For one, it makes my house smell DELICIOUS! For two, I don’t actually like gingerbread so I run very little risk of devouring them before they reach their destination. Finally, I love decorating Christmas cookies. I am a straight up professional at this (yeah right) so I use a plastic sandwich bag with a teeny tiny hole cut in the corner. If any frosting gets “accidentally” squeezed out the top, well it’s good to quality check your product. Ha!

As you may know my wonderful husband gifted me a new Jeep Rubicon when he came home from his deployment. I am the luckiest woman alive, although, coincidently I am constantly finding he needs to take it for one reason or another. Still, lucky! When I stumbled upon adorable Jeep cookie cutters on Amazon, well I just absolutely had to snag one for sure!

I of course used a tree and moose cutter I already had. Does anything say Christmas more than a forest of trees, some renegade moose and a few Jeeps thrown in? I think not!

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Now I love this cookie recipe because there’s no chilling involved. In fact you should not use this dough chilled! If you want to make it ahead and wrap it in plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge, by all means! Just make sure before you bake the cookies that they have returned to room temperature. I also love this recipe because the cookies do not spread in the oven! So what you cut out of the dough is what will come out of the oven. And for someone who is not in love with gingerbread, these are deliciously crisp and soft at the same time. Oxymoron? Probably, but whip these up and you’ll know what I mean!

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Gingerbread Cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 375*F. Whisk the flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg together in a bowl and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer mix together the butter and sugar until just incorporated. Unlike other cookie recipes, DO NOT cream them together until light and fluffy. You only want them to be incorporated. Add the egg, molasses and vanilla and mix again scraping down the sides of the bowl. While the mixer is running slowly add in the dry ingredients until just mixed and a dough forms. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll to 1/4” thick. Cut desired shapes and bake on parchment paper for 8-9 minutes. Cool completely on cooling racks before frosting. 

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I enjoy making them. What are a few of your favorite things? 

Enjoy!

-Abby

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2 Comments

  • Carrie December 26, 2018 at 9:17 am Reply

    Abby!! I made these last night! Amazing taste, super easy!! So much better for me than chilling the dough, I am always super impatient when it comes to that!! Thanks for posting!

    • Abby December 26, 2018 at 9:44 am Reply

      I also hate chilling dough. If I have to do that usually I don’t finish the cookies. So, so glad you enjoyed them!

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