It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Well…not really, no snow and it was in the 50’s last week with thunderstorms.  Well if the weather wont cooperate the kitchen will!  There’s not too much healthiness going on with this post…just a lot of joy…Christmas joy!  I do appreciate making and tasting good Holiday treats so here are a couple I like to share. You may have seen on last year’s Tis the Season post!

Aunt Pam’s Gingersnap Cookies
Ingredients:

2 C flour – I used about 1/2 white whole wheat flour
1/2 T ground ginger
1 T fresh grated ginger is the secret ingredient
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c molasses
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c butter
1 c sugar
1 egg
sugar for bowl
Instructions:
Measure flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon, and salt into sifter. Cream butter until soft and gradually add sugar. Beat in egg and molasses. Sift dry ingredients over creamed mixture, blend well. Form mixture unto balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart (they spread quite a bit). Bake at 350F 12-15 minutes or until they are slightly browned, rounded, and cracked on top. Cool thoroughly before storing.

Benefits of ginger:
Ginger aids in relieving nausea. Ginger has an anti-inflammatory effect and aids in muscle recovery……your excuse for having a cookie post workout 😉

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kisses
Ingredients:

1 3/4 c. flour – I used about 1/2 white whole wheat flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. peanut butter + I tend to use slightly more (maybe 1/4c) to make doughy cookies
1 egg
2 tbsp. skim milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions:
Combine ingredients. Roll into balls, roll balls in sugar. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Top with chocolate kiss immediately upon removal from oven. Place in hot oven for 2 more minutes (don’t forget about them!!!) This helps glue the kiss to the cookie.

This year I added a new cookie to the line up…you’ll have to check back to get the recipe!

What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

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