This weekend, in addition to getting the tree up, I decided it was high time I made some gingerbread cookies. The kind you roll out, and use cookie cutters, and royal icing on.
I did a mash up of the Pioneer Woman and Smitten Kitchens recipes. I like my gingerbread cookies spicy. So I used more spice (SK) but I wanted them a bit sweeter so I used the amount of brown sugar in PW's version. I left out the maple extract in PW's because I didn't want it to overpower the molasses flavor and did not put baking powder in because ... well I don't know for sure but I didn't want them to rise so I thought it best.
If you are like me and haven't had your kitchen aid long enough to remember that there is a reason there is a guard for the bowl. Consider this your reminder. While I was chilling the dough I searched for cookie cutters and found a misformed tree shape, a biscuit cutter, and a tiny fox. If you are the person who took all my cookie cutters I would appreciate it if you would leave them in a box on the front porch. No questions will be asked.
Bottom line is this was a lot of fun, and since I bought new cookie cutters I will be doing it again. I need more practice on the decorating. I do not need more practice on the eating. Last night when I was sitting in front of the fire munching on a cookie and sipping some hot tea, I asked Chris, "when did I become an old lady who likes molasses cookies that are chewy?". He said "well it didn't happen overnight". I made no reply.