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The Sunday Salon: Cookies (nuff said)

Giant Ginger Cookies

Tonight is our annual holiday light tour. This is where we drive around with some very special kids who have Down Syndrome. We have been doing this for more than 12 years!! They aren’t so young anymore (nor am I). Adam requested ginger/molasses cookies this year so I baked a giant batch of these babies, along with the giant chocolate chip cookies I saw over at Pickles and Cheese.

It’s pouring cats and dogs here though. We won’t be seeing too much with all this rain but nobody cares. We just talk, laugh, eat and listen to Christmas music as we peruse the neighborhood.

Giant Ginger/Molasses Cookies (Courtesy of Martha Stewart)

Makes 12

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/3 cup for coating
  • 6 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 large egg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, allspice, and pepper.
  2. With an electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg. With mixer on low, gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic, and freeze for 20 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into twelve 2-inch balls. Place remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar in a bowl. Roll balls in sugar to coat; place at least 4 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten into 3-inch rounds. Sprinkle with sugar remaining in bowl.
  4. Bake until brown, rotating sheets halfway through, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Giant Ginger Cookies – Martha Stewart Recipes

Both the Ginger cookies, as well as the giant chocolate chips ones I mentioned above cook up beautifully. How can anyone resist a GIANT cookie? The size alone makes them a conversation piece. My kids have been drooling over them all day in anticipation of tasting them tonight.

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Well, I have a lasagna in the oven and I must get back to Last Night in Twisted River so I hope you have a lovely afternoon, even if you are floating out there like we are right now.

Oh, and did I mention that I have the next two weeks off? Sweet!

The Drink Part of “Eat, Drink and be Merry”

Eggnog

Christmas is all about tradition and spending time with friends and family but for this girl (ahem, woman), it’s not Christmas unless I get to enjoy my Borden Eggnog.

Yes, it’s in a can, but if you like eggnog, it’s the yummiest, creamiest, most-bad-for-you-on-the-planet goodness! It’s great on its own, but in coffee? Wow. Borden EggNog

Someone is playing a cruel joke on me though because I can’t find it anywhere. I searched online and it looks like it was recently acquired by another company, but I haven’t seen it anywhere and all of the grocery store / beverage store clerks scratch their heads when I ask about it.

I’ve tried several other brands and some come close, but there’s always something wrong with them. They are either too sweet, or too thick or too…something.

However, I did find another beverage to tide me over. I talked about it on Facebook recently.

Chocovine

Someone brought a bottle of this to the book club holiday meeting and let me tell you, it was quite a hit. ChocoVine is Cabernet and Dutch Chocolate and reminiscent of Baileys. Served over ice, this was a big hit. Lots of places carry it which makes it almost too easy for me to enjoy.  Who comes up with this stuff? It’s sinful, but so so good and I don’t even like sweets!

Some people crave their hot apple ciders, others their Salted Caramel Hot Chocs from Starbucks. What’s your poison?