Gingerbread Cookies Wildflower Style

Wildflower Gingerbread Cookies

My cheeks are cold and rosy from the growing chill outside. It seems this is finally the end of the far too warm early winter. The big freeze is just beginning to rear it’s ugly head. Right now I am excited by the prospect of snow and cold…. By February, I will be wishing the cold was a human that could be assassinated by seal team 6. For now, though I wait with anticipation for the big winter storms to arrive.

I know I disappeared for a minute. But writing comes from experience. I was away gathering more experience that I could write about here. I was busy planning for Saturday’s book club meeting. Busy, with the silly dogs, busy with the grocery shopping and gathering all that is needed to get serious about Christmas festivities… It is Dr. Farmer Moomin’s last day of work till January… Tonight we will celebrate with a few of the gingerbread cookies we made yesterday by the wood stove. We will watch his favorite Christmas Movie tonight, Rare Exports. A Finnish Christmas horror movie about joulipoukki that eats children. This story and film are based in very old Finnish folklore. Today, I have to get something made for dinner still, then I have to make some rosemary taffy, and salted brownies before book club meets at 2:30 pm tomorrow. Both these foods come from the book we have been reading… But we may end up having to cancel. Because, the snow will be falling tomorrow and the roads may be icy… We will wait and see and be ready. Winter time in NE can be a monkey wrench on occasion even for the best laid plans. My sugar cookies for the cookie swap are done already. So all in all, I can’t say I am quite behind. This is I guess my big Christmas activity time. So if I am not here as much till Sunday, please excuse me. But I wanted to make sure I shared this recipe with all of you.

Wildflower Farm Gingerbread Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup maple sugar
¾  cups plus 1/8th cup molasses
1/8th cup maple syrup
5 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 egg (or egg substitute equivalent)
¾ teaspoon clove, ground
¾ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 ¼ teaspoons ginger, ground
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

Let butter sit till room temperature and soft. Put in bowl of standing mixer with the maple sugar. Beat it till it becomes frothy. Add in other wet ingredients. Beat it in the standing mixer till it is well mixed. In another bowl mix the spices, salt, baking soda, and flour. Add the dry mixture gradually into the standing mixer bowl and the wets. Stop standing mixer, add some well mixed dry ingredients, mix well. Stop standing mixer add more mix well…. Repeat a few times till all the dry ingredients are mixed into the wets.  Once the wets and dries are well mixed together make 2 equal sized balls wrap each in saran wrap. Place in the fridge over night. When ready to roll out remove the dough from the fridge, flour the counter, roll them out. Make them whatever shapes you want with cookie cutters. Cover a baking sheet with baking paper. Place your cut out cookies on the papered cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 350 and bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Take them out, let them cool, decorate, and serve or freeze for later, or eat them all yourself. There is no such thing as wrong when it comes to what to do with fresh cookies.

Now, I gotta get dinner going and get on with my salted brownies so I can’t stick around here writing today.Unlike yesterday when Dr. Farmer Moomin, was all excited to help with my cookie obsession, salting brownies just isn’t as interesting as cookie cutting and decorating…. So truly, time is not my own today. Which is too bad… I have found I really miss writing when I just don’t have time. I miss it a lot actually… Why I miss it I don’t know. I doubt anyone reads my ranting anyway…

But in the case that they do,
Thank you for reading
Enjoy the Gingerbread Cookies!
Amanda of Wildflower Farm

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