19 Dec

Gingerbread Cookie Activity + Recipe

With less then a week left before Christmas we are trying to squeeze in all of our holiday activities with our little peanuts! One of our favorite traditions is making gingerbread cookies and decorating them as a family! Getting your little peanuts involved in the holiday planning + hosting process is the perfect way to teach them about your family traditions. It also makes them feel special to be able to help with important tasks. Let them help with preparing the food + treats by giving them an activity to do like making gingerbread cookies! Yes things might get a tad bit messy but that’s the half the fun right?! You will be surprised at how some dough + cookie cutters can keep them entertained for a long time! Get our gingerbread cookie recipe below!

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INGREDIENTS
– 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 cup molasses
– 1/4 cup honey
– 1 egg
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 2 1/2 cups flour
– 2 teaspoons ginger
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon allspice
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/8 teaspoon cloves

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cream together butter, sugar, molasses, + honey
3. Beat in egg + vanilla
4. In another bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients + mix well
5. Roll dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap + chill for 1 hour
6. On a floured surface roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness
7. Cut, using various sizes of cookie star cookie cuter
8. Place on ungreased baking sheet
9. Bake about 8-10 minutes until golden brown
10. If you wish to make hanging decorations use a cocktail stick to pierce the cookies while still warm, thread with string when the have completely cooled.
11. If desired, ice with a simple icing of powdered sugar + milk then drizzled or dipped with icing.

  
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