The Day Of Rest

The Day Of Rest

It’s Christmas Eve morning and although I must spend a few hours at the store before we can fully get into celebration mode, I am starting off the day on a special note. I’ve always wanted to make and decorate Christmas cookies for the big guy in red aka Kris Kringle. To be honest I was intimidated by all of those time lapsed videos, you know the ones. They make it look like a breeze but you and I both know it isn’t. I mean who has those tools on hand, short answer, no one. Especially not me, but recently I was gifted the most adorable set of cookie cutters from Target’s Hand & Hearth collection so I’m going to try. A few little cutters in the shape of houses,their signature home for their first collection from the line. As well as a hammer, old fashioned pick up and a goat! Of course I still don’t have those special royal icing tools but as always we will wing it! With two little boys who are all about helping mama in the kitchen, I know these cookie cutters will be a hit, which means it’s time for this mama to put her fears a side and get to baking. Recipes Below!

Gingerbread Cookies (Preheat to 350 and bake for 8-10 minutes)

  • 10 Tablespoons (2/3 cup; 145g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup (200g) unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 and 1/2 cups (437g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger (yes, 1 full Tablespoon!)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Royal Icing

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (180g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 2 – 2.5 Tablespoons (30-38ml) room temperature water
  • pinch salt

Quick & Fun Pie Crust Cookies (Preheat to 425 and bake for 10-12 minutes)

  • 1 pre made pie crust
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted

I love having the boys come down to a fun Christmas Eve event. As a little girl my mom and I would always doing something special together on Christmas Eve morning. I always loved that, it made christmas seem longer. I look back fondly on those memories and hope to create some like that with my boys. Sometimes we would make lasagnas for that nights dinner or maybe just go out and get last minute items together before the guests would arrive. Either way we always did something together before the hustle and bustle of the festivities. Right now the toddler is currently screaming “No cookies for me” at the top of his lungs, but thats okay. G isn’t a morning person so I give it twenty minutes before he gets on board! Happy Christmas Eve Y’all!


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