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Holiday memories, and gingerbread cookies


Christmas is right around the corner, and I’m getting caught up and ready for the holidays. I finally got my Halloween decorations down, so I could start putting up Christmas decorations. I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping, and I’m ready to start my Christmas baking.

When I think of the holidays and baking, gingerbread is always at the top of my list. One of my favorite childhood memories is looking forward to going to my grandparents’ farm in Alexandria, S.D., and finding their gingerbread cookies.

My grandma always made two different sizes of gingerbread men, and my grandpa was in charge of decorating them. He would outline each one with white frosting and add details like funny faces and buttons on their clothing. The cookies always went fast, so you had to get there early to get one of the big ones or a cookie with extra frosting.

Besides gingerbread cookies, you can also make gingerbread houses. These would be fun to use for decorations as well as eating. You can make it a family activity to see who can make the most creative house.

I personally have never tried making a gingerbread house myself. I don’t think I would have the patience to make one or the will power to finish one without eating it before it was done.

You can also use a gingerbread recipe to make ornaments for your Christmas tree. All you need to do is put a small hole in the top of your cookies with a toothpick and let some of them sit out until they completely harden. Then, hang them from your tree with a string or ribbon through the hole.

The recipe I’m sharing this week is a family recipe for gingerbread cookies. These always turn out good and disappear fast. I hope you enjoy them. Merry Christmas!


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