Has more time at home put you in a baking mood? If you’ve found yourself making more pies, cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats than usual, don’t worry – you’re not alone! It’s also okay if you’ve been eating more of them.
Easter and Christmas are two holidays that go hand-in-hand with joy, and with making cookies. While it may seem a little odd to make Santa shaped cookies right now, one thing that isn’t so strange is gingerbread cookies. Gingerbread is enjoyed by many people during Christmastime, but also works well during this lovely springtime holiday. If you’ve never had a gingerbread bunny or egg, you’re definitely missing out.
Baking is a fun activity to enjoy with your family. Decorating treats is a great way for kids to show their creativity. There’s just something about a batch of cookies fresh from the oven that really brings people together. The scent of gingerbread filling the air can bring back fond memories of holiday get-togethers. Sharing them with loved ones is also a great idea. Dropping off Easter cookies at someone’s door would surely brighten their day, almost as much as Santa delivering presents. However, we promise not to tell if you end up eating most of them yourself . . . just don’t drink all of the milk!
If you need some help getting started, here is a great recipe from Easybaked.net:
- 1 cup of butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of dark molasses
- 2 tbsp. of vinegar
- 5 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp of soda
- 1 ½ tsp of salt
- 2 tsp of ginger
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of cloves
- Cream together butter and sugar.
- Beat in egg, molasses, and vinegar.
- Blend in sifted dry ingredients.
- Chill 2-3 hours (this is important– the dough is very easy to roll after chilling).
- Roll 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick on a floured counter or board, and cut into shapes.
- Place on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes. Check often. Take out when cookies have risen and are easily removed from the sheet.
- Frost as desired.
We recommend using as many pastel colors as possible for your frosting, to really liven up your gingerbread cookies and your day!
Do you have a recipe of your own for gingerbread cookies? What else have you been making? Let us know about your festive baking traditions.
Happy Easter from all of us at The Pennsylvania Christmas & Gift Show!