In giving gifts of a more meaningful nature, homemade baked goods is at the top of that list. Peter’s family has a tradition of passing around cakes and cookies, all made right in their own kitchens and gifted during their annual Christmas party (the group easily reaches over 20 guests). We always return home with treats to last for weeks! What I love most about all of this, is the simplicity of it all. Last night, the kids and I baked apple muffins for her teacher. And even though my oven (
ME) burned them, it was the process of baking with the kids that made it so special. Sarah Noel shares her honey gingerbread recipe below, just in case you’re hankering for a sweet home-made gift to make this weekend, for the ones you love.
by Sarah Noel
Recently, my daughters have loved this book from the library. It’s about a bear, about to hibernate, who wants to make sure he wakes up to friends in the woods in the spring. So he throws a party–a great one. In the back, there is a recipe for Honey Ginger cookies, which I promised the girls we would try.
Edith was my expert helper and taste-tester; and this was a great recipe to tackle with kids–from start to finish we were done in 30 minutes and munching on cookies.
½ cup molasses
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup local honey
½ cup softened butter
1 egg½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups of flour
Pinch of salt
Slowly add molasses, then sprinkle in ginger and cinnamon to desired taste.
Stir in dry ingredients, adding flour last (little by little) use more or less flour, until the dough is stiff enough to roll into 1-inch balls.
Press a criss-cross shape with a fork, only slightly flattening.**
Bake at 350-degrees for 8 minutes, or until the edges start crisping.
In the interest of transparency, we sprinkled our cookies with turbinado sugar for a sparkly effect. If you do this, do so before baking. Technically, turbinado sugar is processed through a cylinder or turbine, but it is pure cane extract.