Silly Gingerbread Men Cookies

IMG_5425.JPGGingerbread Men and Christmas go hand and hand like macaroni and cheese.One can’t do without the other.The spice in this cookie are like a marriage made in holiday heaven.Oh my the explosion of cloves,cinnamon and ginger are right on the money. Molasses sweet like honey and the dark brown adds more of a molasses mouth feel that ride the waves of the flavor profile.The gingerbread men are topped with mini m&ms and to hold them is a easy cookie ice made with 2 ingredients.

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I decorated these as if a child decorated them.I wanted to bring the inner child out of me and bring it to life with silly cookie decorating!You can make these cookies with your kids and have loads of fun with them.You can make these cookies at anytime of the year.Make the them for valentines day and decorate them with valentines decorations.Now we can focus on Christmas and how to make these cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Butter-1 stick of  Butter
  • 1/2 Cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 egg room temp
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 tsps ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

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Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl cream butter and sugar with a hand mixer until mixture is light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the molasses,egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a separate bowl add the dry ingredients and whisk until mixed.
  4. Add in the flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Shape dough into a flat disk and wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator 1 hour or overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  7. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface.
  8. Cut into gingerbread men shapes and transfer them to parchment lined pan and place them in the oven and back for 8-10 minutes or until firm around the edges.
  9. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and cool for 10- 20 minutes.
  10. Now you can decorate them with cookie icing and sprinkle or whatever you have.

Here is the simple and easy  cookie icing recipes:

1 cup powdered sugar

3 tbsps milk

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1. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl and add the milk.Now stir until combined.

2.You can add food coloring to the cookie icing and make different colors for your cookies.

Have a Merry Christmas and Have Fun making these cookies.

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Holiday Rocky Road Pudding!!

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Rocky Road Pudding  is a very quick and easy recipe.Well its not really a recipe but something to throw together in less than 30 minutes. This is an excellent dessert to throw together when you are in a hurry and you have a few minutes before your guests arrive.This is a festive dessert made with chocolate, marshmallows,maraschino cherries, pecans and holiday sprinkles.My Road Pudding is not a parfait but you can make it into some make it with crushed cookies or cake and make layers.Once you make this I think you will make it again because its so easy to make and very delicious.

 

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This dessert screams happy holidays and it will be a great addition to your dessert table.It tastes like a dream with its silky and smooth flavor.By the way the chocolate pudding isn’t from scratch its’s one of those instant puddings it actually tastes good no after taste. I’m so excited to post these Christmas recipes I feel like a kid inside.There will be more holiday recipes to come .I know these are last minute but I know you will like what I will post .

 

Ingredients:

1 Box of  Instant Chocolate Pudding

2 cups Milk

Marshmallows

Pecans

Holiday Sprinkles

Maraschino Cherries

 

Directions:

  • In a medium or large bowl pour the chocolate mix into the bowl.
  • add 2 cups of milk and whisk for 2 minutes.
  • The pudding will be soft set in 5 minutes.
  • Qnce the pudding is set spoon it into small bowls or glasses.
  • Top with marshmallows,pecans,holiday sprinkles and maraschino cherries.
  • You can serve these right away or refrigerate for a later dessert.
  • Eat and Enjoy!!
  • Have a awesome Christmas and a Happy New Years!!!

 

 

 

 

Peppermint Brownie Bites

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I love brownies and I love peppermints .I was thinking  why not combined the two.That’s exactly what did..These brownie bites are dark and sweetened with cane sugar to give it a nice molasses taste.These brownies remind me of Andes candies yummy.  I also added a little cinnamon  for that surprise taste and a tad of cayenne pepper for a kick.These brownies bites are frosted with vanilla frosting and sprinkled with crushed peppermints.These brownie bites are  so delicious you won’t be able to eat one. Make them and you’ll see what I mean.You can make these with your kids they will have fun.

 

 

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These are great for just yourself or a Christmas party.These brownies will not last.They will be the rave of the party and you’ll be asked to make more because that’s how good they are.This recipes is tried and true.I know you will enjoy making them I know I did.So let’s get to the recipe .

 

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1//4 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of cayenne powder

1 medium candy cane -crushed

1/3 cup vanilla frosting (homemade or store bought)

 

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  •  Grease mini muffin pan with cooking spray .
  • In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter , mix until light an fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and eggs, and mix .
  • Add in the flour and cocoa powder,baking soda ,cinnamon and cayenne powder and mix thoroughly.  (make sure not to over mix).
  • With small ice cream scoop,
  • Scoop brownie mix into the muffin pan, 1/2 way full.
  • Bake  for 15 -20  minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 7-12 minutes.
  • Frost the tops with the vanilla frosting and sprinkle the crushed peppermints on top of the brownies.
  • Place them on a christmas themed serving plate or any dish you have.
  • Eat and Enjoy!!!
  • Have A Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinnamon Anise Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry sauce is a classic staple for thanksgiving. It goes well with turkey and stuffing.Cranberry sauce makes the seasons bright and it brings holiday magic.I love cranberry sauce I make it every year because I love the tart with the sweet yum yum.I have been making cranberry sauce for years .I used to buy the cranberry sauce in the can and it got boring.Making cranberry sauce from scratch is a lot fresher and better. You can add your own flavor and spices make it unique to your flavor.My cranberry sauce I added a cinnamon stick  star anise and vanilla extract  they add a very unique flavor.You can change it up to the flavors you like or you can leave it plain.

Let’s get onto the cranberry sauce:

 

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

1-1/4 cups orange juice

1-1/3 cups sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 star anise

2 cinnamon sticks

 

Directions:

 

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1. Place all of the ingredients in a medium size pan.

2. Bring to a boil for 5-7 minutes.

3. When the cranberries starts to pop,lower heat and simmer  for another 10-12 minutes.

4. Remove for heat and pour into a serving dish or container let cool. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight for flavors to mingle.

5. This cranberry sauce is really delicious I hope you enjoy it.