just a smidgen

Lois’ Ultimate Ginger Cookies

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Bella sleeping

I’d love to be in Bella’s shoes.. er paws.. right about now

but

I’ve got a list and I’m checkin’ it twice

I’ve been dashin’, dancin’ and prancin’ around the town,
just trying to keep my head above water.. er, snow!

I’m hosting a dinner party on Wednesday night.. and I hadn’t even begun Christmas baking!

Just in the { St. Nick } of time..
I made these oh so pretty gingerbread cookies with two so very lovely friends this past Sunday.

Lois' Ultimate Ginger Cookie

Terri of “Time to be Inspired” invited me to join her

in an afternoon Christmas baking

Cookiepalooza!

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Her studio is what I want mine to be when it grows up..
she’s got every possible bolt of fabric imaginable, every crafty and quilty supply you could dream of..
and more!

I don’t need a street number, I can find her home by the stunning mosaic walls she’s done on the exterior of her home.
She’s talented beyond talent..

and especially sweet
{ not just because of the cookies }

Maybe someday we can craft together.. just think what I’d learn!

I was delighted to join Terri because she bakes every Christmas

with our mutual friend Lois.

Lois' Ultimate Ginger Snap 2Lois..

Where do I begin to describe a person so instrumental in my life?

A truest of friends.. our maid of honor.. and simply
the most positively fantastical person I have been blessed to have in my life.

Beautiful through and through.. and an accomplished physician who blessed us with her gifts and talents
when she was there to deliver our daughter Katie.

Did I mention she has competed in several triathlons and the ultimate.. the Ironman competition?
Amazing, eh?

Lois is who I want to be when I grow up.

But Honorable Mention must go to Cush

our fearless Supervisor, who ensured all cookies were properly rolled and baked.

Here’s a photo I snapped with my phone..

Cush

{ looking rather nonchalant, don’t you think }

She may believe that she is the rightful owner of this recipe, having observed several dozens being baked through the years..

but I made a promise to Cush that I’d include a photo of her in compensation.

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Lois’ Ultimate Ginger Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons grated orange rind
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 cup candied ginger, chopped fine
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream shortening and sugars.
  3. Beat in egg, molasses, orange rind and grated ginger.
  4. Mix together dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture until well blended.
  5. Shape into 3/4" balls. We used this perfect little cookies scoop. It would make a lovely Christmas present *wink.
  6. Roll in sugar.
  7. Press a few tiny pieces of candied ginger onto each ball.
  8. Bake 2" apart at 350 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes. (convection 325 degrees for about 8 minutes)

These were the Ultimate Ginger Cookies..
they have a lovely little snap, two types of ginger { fresh and candied }, a smidgen of orange zest.. and they are so very itty-bitty tiny, there couldn’t be any calories in them?
Oh.. did I mention they have cardamom?

This was the Ultimate Baking Rescue!!

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My photos aren’t quite up to “snuff”.. little Bella is awake and chasing around my studio.. now I need that nap!

Here’s a sneak peak at my next project.. make sure you pop back in a few days!

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