The upcoming holidays may not be exactly what we are used to for our families.  As we await Santa’s arrival, let’s bake cookies for Christmas Eve, while embracing the past.

  • Many families cook or bake a passed down recipe and include it in their holiday dinner
  • Take it a step further this holiday season
  • Find a recipe passed down from your grandparents or great-grandparents and recreate it for your own family
  • If you are lucky, you will have a hand-written copy of the recipe so ask your mom, grandma or great-grandma
  • I have a hand-written recipe book from my great-grandmother, born in 1894 and she passed away when I was 15
  • I have many memories of her and one of them was her always baking us gingersnap cookies whether it was December or July
  • These cookies are a perfect snack for Santa!

Gingersnap Cookies


2 cups flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

¼ cup molasses

½ cup cinnamon sugar

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together and make sure to sift them
  2. In a pot, bring to boiling butter, brown sugar, egg and molasses
  3. When boiled, gradually mix in the dry ingredients until cookie dough is created
  4. In your hand, round the dough into balls
  5. Roll the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar
  6. Set oven to 350 degrees and bake for approximately 10 minutes
  7. The tops of the cookies will start to ‘crack’ and you will know they are ready

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