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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

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gingerbread cookiesFill your house with the aroma of gingerbread with these super adorable gingerbread cookies!  This recipe is a breeze, and you can fill the cookie jar with homemade love!  The first time I ever had gingerbread was when I got a new job as a server at an Irish restaurant and we served fresh baked gingerbread everyday.  It was soooo delicious and we always served it with a big dollop of fresh whipped cream… the flavor was so good it warmed the soul.

This recipe is rated as EASY ~ perfect for any level cook, and comes to us from the Food Network

What you’ll need for the best ever gingerbread cookie recipe :   flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, ground cloves, salt, pepper, butter, shortening, egg, brown sugar, molasses

For the icing you’ll need : confectioners sugar, water, egg white powder and a piping pastry bag, or use a baggie and cut a small hole at one corner -or….  you can use store bought icing found on the baking aisle

Tips to remember for cookies just the way you like em;
*For thin crisp cookies – roll the dough thin
*For soft moist cookies – roll the dough thick (definitely my preference)

Decorated and put into a nice box or tin, these make a very special gift don’t you think?  I think they would make a nice gift for teacher ~ and your kids would love giving a gift from your kitchen, especially if you let them help.

Here is a bit of fun information about gingerbread cookies I collected for you…

Originally, the term gingerbread comes from Latin zingiber from an Old French word gingebras referred to preserved ginger. It then became a reference to a confection made with honey and spices. Gingerbread translates to the French term pain d’épices (literally “spice bread”) or the German term Lebkuchen or Pfefferkuchen (pepperbread, literally: pepper cake).
The trade of gingerbread biscuits dates to the 17th century where they were sold in monasteries, pharmacies, town squares and farmers markets. In Medieval England gingerbread was thought to have medicinal properties.
Gingerbread Men were first attributed to Queen Elizabeth I, who allegedly served the figurines to foreign dignitaries. Today, however, they are generally served around Christmas.

Now you have the scoop on Gingerbread Cookies

Get the recipe for the 5 star gingerbread cookie recipe here

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Christmas Parfait Desserts

Christmas Parfait Desserts – oh my!

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christmas parfait dessertsHow cute are these adorable dessert parfaits?  They are absolutely perfect for your holiday bash.   And… they’re healthy, oh your kids will never ever know!  They’ll be asking for these little dessert treasures all year long.   And the darling holiday party toppers – yeah this is what makes it super fab – guess what they’re *free*, all you have to do is print them up!  I love it when we get free printables!

Emily from 52 mantels generously shares her recipe for these little treasures in a cup

Christmas Parfait Desserts 

 

Russian Tea Recipe

Russian Tea Recipe

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russian tea recipeFunny that I just stumbled upon this recipe for Russian Tea… I lost the recipe a few years ago, but instantly recognized it when I saw it on Daunes site.   I first had Russian Tea when it was given to me as a Christmas gift years ago ~ I was hooked,  and I do mean hooked! And from that point I made my own for years, at the beginning of fall each year.   It makes a lovely gift, and mine was given to me in a quaint little tin which I still have btw… now I keep my cornstarch in it!

Whip up a large batch and give it as a gift ~ they’ll love you, they’ll adore you… then they’ll ask for more!   Daune also shares a printable tag to go along with your gift, as shown in the photo!

Go get it already!

Russian Tea Recipe

How To Make Glitter Filled Ornaments

How To Make Glitter Filled Ornaments

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glitter ornamentsThese glitter ornaments totally rock!   They look like they come from a high end boutique, but yes you can make them in a jif with a few simple items and a whole lotta love!   And usually as much as we love to craft wtih glitter, well…. it’s a bit of a mess, not with this project!  Over the years I’ve made lots of homemade ornaments, and each year I love the memories of each as I put them up.  These are easy enough and take no time at all so you could make a whole set for a gift this holiday.  Rock your glitter glam already!

This inspired project comes to us from Greenbeans Crafterole, tell them DIY Cozy Cottage sent you!

Rock your glitter ornaments

13 Beautiful Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

13 Beautiful Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

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Have fun putting together your creative masterpieces!  Happy Holidays !

How To Make Wooden Tree Branch Gift Tags

How To Make Wooden Tree Branch Gift Tags ~ Anthropologie Style!

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wooden gift tagsphoto source Our Vintage Home Love


These are so precious!  Wooden gift tags… giving a touch of rustic cabin, long ago and far away.  All you need for this is some old branches that have dried out and a mitre saw.  I’ve been wanting to make some Druid runes from branches but wasn’t sure how to slice the wood into thin pieces,  I love that Diana shares her secrets with us!

See Diana’s full tutorial with pic by pic details

Wooden Gift Tags

 

How To Make Dollar Store Christmas Napkin Rings

How To Make Dollar Store Christmas Napkin Rings

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how to make dollar store napkin rings photo credit; Karen from Shabby Sweet Cottage


Fun, playful, elegant and say what…. it came from the dollar store?   Karen came up with a delightful way to make one of a kind napkin rings for a beautiful Christmas presentation using snowflakes and a cardboard roll!  Love these super easy design ideas…  Inspiration is coming on strong – who doesn’t love the dollar store decorating ideas – these could easily be 15 bucks in a boutique… or more!

Karen generously shares her pictures and how to with us

Dollar Store Napkin Rings ~ Voila