Friday, December 23, 2011

Blooming Friday ~ Christmas

It's time once again to join Katerina at roses and stuff for Blooming Friday.

May your holidays be filled with contentment

lots of warm fuzzies

and sweet treats.

I made about a thousand cookies (literally) to give as gifts this year. Gingersnaps are DH's favorite Christmas cookie and a favorite among the people who work in his office too.

Gingersnap recipe

Mix 1 cup packed light brown sugar, 3/4 cup shortening, 1/4 cup molasses, and 1 egg. Add 2 1/4 cups flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cloves, and 1/4 tsp salt. Cover and put in fridge at least 1 hour.

Roll tsp sized portions of dough into balls, dip in powdered sugar. Bake at 325 for 9 minutes on nonstick baking sheets, allow cookies to set before removing from sheets to cool. I like for the cookies to have a crisp outside and chewy inside, so they are still quite soft when I take them from the oven.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!


  1. Wesołych Świąt i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

  2. Wow Sweetbay! A thousand cookies!! That is a great amount of baking time. Your home must be delicious and what a more enjoyable gift giving process . . . beats driving around shopping. Gingersnaps . . . Yummy.
    Merry Merry Christmas!

  3. What a sweet feline member of your family.

    Your gingersnaps look delicious. I think I'll try these after Christmas as DH likes those cookies too.

    Have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2012.

    I look forward to visiting your gardens via blogland next year.


  4. Kitty looks quite content lying there.
    Those Gingersnaps look so yummy. I can almost smell them. LOL!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  5. Thanks for the recipe - your cookies look delicious!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Lindas fotos. Feliz Natal!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  7. Gingersnaps are my favourite too! Great looking recipe, thanks. :)

    All the best to you for a wonderful Christmas and a relaxed and joyful holiday season. xo

  8. Merry Christmas,
    I too love Ginger Snaps....
    I can smell your kitchen..Heaven on Earth.
    Looking forward to 2012 and your gardens.

  9. Sweetbay,

    Merry Christmas to you and the family and have a great New Year in 2012! These cookies look easy and I love gingerbread cookies. But you didn't make little people and trees?

  10. Randy I think this dough is too fragile to roll out for cut-out shapes ~ it has a lot of shortening in it and is less bready than gingerbread. More spicy too.

    I might still make little people and trees though ~ I haven't decided between gingerbread and sugar cookie dough. ;)

  11. A thousand cookies! I am impressed. You deserve the merriest of Christmases and lots of warm fuzzies, too!

  12. Awww, what an adorable kitty! Looks like you have been one busy lady this season. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Sweetbay!

  13. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  14. Sweetbay, to you and your family, have a wonderful Christmas and may 2012 bring you much joy and well-being.

  15. Lovely post. I love your little village. May I wish you a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!
    I think I might go and get myself a snack :-)

  16. Thank you for the good wishes and a delicious cookie recipe. Merry Christmas to you, may your holidays and next year be filled with happiness and joy.

  17. Thanks for the recipe the cookies look delicious I´ll make the some day.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year.


  18. Happy New Year ! Best wishes for 2012, for you and your family !

  19. I always like to give (and receive) home made presents. It means someone has gone to a lot of effort. Hope you enjoyed the Festive season! Gorgeous cat BTW.

  20. Best wishes for a Very Happy New Year!

  21. 1000 cookies? WOW!! Your cat looks so happy. Maybe she's thinking about mouse flavored cookies. :o)

  22. oh my goodness ~ you were a baking machine Sweet Bay! Those look yummy ~ a favorite here too although I didn't make any this year. I got on a biscotti kick for some reason (when I've never made it before??)
    I hope you had a good Christmas and Happy (belated) New Year to you & your family too. Thanks so much for all your nice comments and wishes. I will look forward to seeing your spring blooms (in the most recent post) soon. You always seem to have something flowering there and I sure need to see it after our white winter!

  23. Did you know that Frances Mayes, author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" lives and gardens part of the year in Hillsborough NC?


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