Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the decorations, the food, the stupid sweaters, the cookies, all of it! A few years ago it dawned on me that there is absolutely no reason why I shouldn’t be able to enjoy a little Christmas cheer anytime in the year and so over the past few summers it has become a bit of a ritual for some friends and I to crack out the movie Elf and feel a little Christmasy. This year we have decided to up the ante a bit. As I type, I am also in the process of making my favorite Christmas cookie ever… my mother’s gingerbread cookies. I.LOVE.THESE.THINGS. They are lighter and more delicious than any other gingerbread I have ever had and as an added bonus they always remind me of her and my childhood (she passed away a little over five years ago).
Below is her recipe. Please note that she must have mistyped it when she emailed it to me because the flour measurement is WAY OFF. I usually make the recipe according to her directions and then gradually add enough flour until the dough is a firm consistency (Otherwise you will be dog-cussing your rolling pin. Trust me). She also mentions using store bought icing but I find it just as easy to mix up some royal icing and lightly coat the cookies then add colored sugars or sprinkles. Enjoy!