Oh hey, it's me Alicia. I decided to do a post.
So, as you can tell we love Christmas in my family.
But since it has not even been Halloween yet, people are not really keen on the mentioning of Christmas. So, alas, Christmas-lovers like ourselves must hide our love or endure endless scorn. ;)
So, if you are like us, and love Christmas I have a treat that will please both types of people in your life.
Yesterday I had a craving for gingerbread. I used to hate it when I was little but I love it now.
An obstacle I had was I had no molasses, so I decided to look in my Winnie the Pooh Cookbook my Mom got me for Christmas. All the recipes use honey, and I knew that would work well for me, because I have honey.
Sorry, I did not take pictures of the process, but this post is more about the decorating than the cookies. So find your favorite gingerbread cookie recipe and mix that up.
Make sure to refrigerate your dough for at least an hour. After its chilled, it's time to cut it out. And that's where I had to be creative. I couldn't find my Halloween cookie cutters except a bat. So I made some gingerbread bat cookies.
Then I had to get creative. I used my gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut out some men. I decided to make them mummies! They turned out pretty cute. I like how there are gaps in the "wrapping" because I think it makes them look really old and raggedy like a mummy should look.
My last idea was to make little Headless Horsemen, the terror of Sleepy Hallow. To do this, I just used the gingerbread man cookie cutter along the edge of my dough, leaving the head part off the dough. After I had already done this, and baked them, I realized I should have cut them out with the heads and then used a knife to cut their heads off and put it on the hand. I could have decorated it like the pumpkin he throws at people. Oh well, you will have to try that and tell me how it goes. I did put red around their necks, is it blood? Or is it just an ascot type thing? You decide...
So you're probably saying to yourself, "Ok but why gingerbread? Why not just regular sugar cookies?"
Fair point, but there's just something about the spiciness of the gingerbread that works really well for the fall and Halloween. This cookie bites you back! (But in a sweet way). And if you think the chocolate and gingerbread is weird...It actually tastes really good together! Especially since it's cream cheese frosting.
And the best reason is, it reminds the eater that Christmas is coming soon. ;)
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!