Christmas is almost here! One tradition that my siblings and I take part in every year is decorating gingerbread houses and cookies that my grandmother bakes. We have been doing this since I can remember. Now that my sister is a teacher my grandmother even makes houses and cookies for all her students each year.

So you can take part in some gingerbread fun here is a great gingerbread cookie recipe from Martha Stewart. To make these cookies you will need:
        - 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus some extra for rolling
        - 2 teaspoons ground ginger
        - 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
        - 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
        - 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
        - 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
        - 1/4 teaspoon salt
        - 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
        - 1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
        - 1/3 cup molasses
        - 1 large egg
        - decorating icing, sprinkles and other candy

Step 1: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, and salt; set aside. With an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in molasses and egg. With mixer on low, add dry ingredients; mix just until a dough forms. Place dough on floured plastic wrap; pat into an 8-inch square. Wrap well; chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours.

Step 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough in half. Working with one half at a time (rewrap and refrigerate other half), place dough on floured parchment or waxed paper; roll out 1/8 inch thick, turning, lifting, and flouring dough (and rolling pin) as needed. Freeze dough (on paper) until firm,
about 20 minutes.

Step 3: Loosen dough from paper. Cut out shapes, and transfer to baking sheets. Decorate with sugar or sprinkles, as desired. **To keep your edges neat and tidy dip the cookie cutters into flour before cutting the cookies.

Step 4: Bake until firm and edges just begin to darken, 10 to 18 minutes, depending on size. Cool completely on baking sheets.

This is one tradition that I will always love during the holidays! Do you have a favorite holiday tradition that you take part in each year? Happy Holidays!!


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