Favourite Gingerbread Recipe + My Pro ( Not Really ) Cookie Decorating Skills

We don’t take Christmas baking lightly in my house, it is planned out well in advance, recipes are tested and tried before the big day, the treats must be perfect. This is the family favourite gingerbread recipe. My brother and I always spend a day trying our best to decorate them and make them look very pretty, but we just don’t have those cookie decorating skills yet. Maybe someday haha

 

Cookie Recipe

This recipe is from GingerKitten D on GeniusKitchen

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon ( I did 2 teaspoons, partially because I was too lazy to get the 1/4 teaspoon, but mostly because the spicier the better! )

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons softened butter ( if you want softer gingerbread use 3 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons shortening instead )

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup molasses

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Directions

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the spices until combined. In a mixer, blend butter and sugar until creamed, then add egg, molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest until well blended. Add dry ingredients and combine. Separate the dough into 2 balls and chill for as long as possible, I usually do overnight. Once dough is chilled, roll out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. This works so much better on parchment paper because the dough is sticky and once the cookies are cut out they are very delicate so letting them be and not moving them much is best! Cut the cookies out like a puzzle and take away the extras, roll the extras out again and keep cutting cookies out until there is no more. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 for 7 minutes.

 

Lemon icing for gingerbread

This icing is a little runny so it can be glazed over the cookies, but when it dries it’s shiny and looks so pretty on the gingerbread! Also, the lemon really brings out the ginger flavour and is a great addition! I often triple the recipe so we can make many colours.

This recipe is from SaddleUp87 on GeniusKitchen

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix everything together in a bowl, if it is too dry, add a little water.

 

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Face Masks

People seem to be pretty obsessed with face masks. Often on Instagram or Snapchat people will have pictures of themselves with face masks. I don’t really have acne so I haven’t done much for skin care, but I do have lots of blackheads and pretty dry skin. I decided to try out some DIY masks and see how they are. This is what hours of being on Pinterest does to you.

 

Cinnamon mask

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This one was kind of terrifying looking. I mixed about a tablespoon of cinnamon with 1 tbsp honey and lemon juice until it became a paste the I could spread around. Honey moisturizes, cinnamon has antibacterial properties and lemon lightens scars. This mask burned. Which I guess meant it was working? Or just that it was so spicy from all the cinnamon. I didn’t see any visible changes after using it once, maybe after a few more times it’ll show up. All day after this all I could smell was cinnamon, too, it was super hard to wash it all off.

 

Gelatin mask

I’ve always been really curious about gelatin masks. There are a lot of recipes on Pinterest for different gelatin based masks so I just winged it.

 

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Gelatin mask recipe

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp non-flavoured gelatin

2 tbsp milk

Mix everything into a thick paste in a microwavable bowl, then microwave the paste for 30 seconds. Mine bubbled up a lot so I would just watch it to be sure that it doesn’t bubble over. Once it’s cooled down a little spread paste all over your face or on places that have blackheads.

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The paste it made was very weird and after awhile it dried up into a jelly, it was more like dried glue on my face. The gelatin is supposed to stick to blackheads to get them out, honey is sticky too and moisturizing and I’m guessing milk helps with the moisture as well. Again I didn’t see any visible difference after doing this one time, my face just felt very stiff, but it was better than the burning of the other mask.

 

Do you have any favourite face masks?

 

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This Week ( Dec 19th ) 

This week was pretty crazy with getting ready for Christmas and I’m so excited for actual Christmas Day to come!

Monday

I was planning on starting my winter break on Friday but ended up starting it on Monday. Monday morning and early afternoon was spent getting all the food we’d need for Christmas with my mom. It’s actually one of my favourite things to do the shopping with my mom because we play Christmas and Disney music really loudly in the car and end up having lots of fun! We got food for baking and for Christmas dinner, some more gifts for relatives, and cat food, because no one wants hungry cats in the house. Got home and had a nice cup of tea then worked out and relaxed after dinner before going to bed.

 

Tuesday

Tuesday was gingerbread day! In other years gingerbread baking has been kind of a chore, trying to have beautiful cookies and taking awhile to actually make, bake, and decorate. But this year was the best yet! I made the dough last week when I was bored and froze it so there was no worrying about putting it together and chilling it. 

We narrowed down the shapes to only a few that were sturdy enough so they didn’t all lose a head or something. I had great dreams of having beautiful cookies like these from Sweetopia


But when you aren’t getting lots of cookie decorating practice that’s pretty hard to do. 

At least I gave it a good shot lol. Cookie decorating has gotten worse with age. After baking up a storm, I worked out and relaxed then went to bed.

Wednesday

Wednesday was cleaning day! I journaled a lot because I had forgotten to write in there for a couple days. Then we all got the house ready for visitors and just as a winter clean up. Blasting peppy Christmas music makes it a lot more tolerable. After cleaning for awhile I made probably my favourite Christmas treat and that’s graham cracker “brittle”


It’s a layer of graham cracker, a layer of toffee and a layer of chocolate. Honestly can’t go wrong with anything toffee and chocolate. It’s super easy to make, too!

Ingredients:

16 oz graham cracker ( 2 sleeves )

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

12 oz milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Lay out graham crackers on a cookie sheet until the sheet is completely cover. Melt the butter and sugar in pot on the stove until sugar is desolved. Pour butter and sugar over graham crackers on the cookie sheet and spread evenly, then bake in the oven for 5 minutes. The toffee should be bubbly. Then remove from the oven and spread chocolate chips all over making sure they’ve all melted. Chill until chocolate is hard and enjoy!

Had tea and the some of the delicious brittle then ran. After dinner was ballet and I brought the teachers some of the gingerbread from the day before, got home, relaxed, then bed.

 

Thursday

I felt so lost on Thursday I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I can’t even really remember what I did so I’m thinking I didn’t really do anything. I did make Christmas crackers, though! They seem to be a more British or Canadian Christmas tradition since when I lived in the US they were never in stores. It’s a really weird tradition if you think about it. Christmas crackers are little cardboard tubes that are wrapped in festive paper and inside of the tubes are usually a candy, a paper crown, a really cheesy joke and a little toy. The crackers have a little almost firework inside of them so when you pull the ends it makes a pop. When you sit down for Christmas dinner everyone gets their own cracker and each hold the end of the person next to them’s cracker and everyone pulls at the same time. Whoever gets the biggest end of the cracker gets to keep what was inside of it. I started making my own a couple years ago and it’s really fun because then I get to choose what goes inside of them. This year I made tissue paper crowns, which I tried to get a picture of but the cat decided it was a good bed. 

A cheesy Christmas related joke. And little Rolo candies.


I went for a black and white colour palette because that was all the tissue paper we had. It was also dance day so I brought in brittle to class for everyone and then it was the last class of the year!

Friday

Friday was cooking day! For Christmas Eve my family is hosting my mom’s side of the family and we’re having appetizers. I made hummus, samosas, spanakopita, more brittle ( because it’s so good and there needs to be a constant supply ) and shortbread! Shortbread is quintessential Christmas for me. I remember being really little and using the cookie press to pump out shortbread for Christmas. They always turn out quite pretty and are one of the best tasting baked goods. 

My brother and I spent almost all day making shortbread but it was well worth it. After that I ran, and then fell asleep while watching a Christmas movie. Now I’m all ready for Christmas!!
I hope everyone has fun, safe and happy holidays!! ❤❤

 

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