Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

ginger molasses cookies

To me there is nothing better on a cold winter night than a warm, spicy holiday cookie.  And this cookie does not disappoint at all!  I found this ginger molasses cookie recipe on My Baking Addiction and was instantly drawn to it.

Low and behold, I had everything in my pantry so it must have been fate!  I only made one slight adjustment from  the original recipe, substituting butter flavored Crisco for the margarine.  The resulting cookies are delicious and so soft.

I have zero doubt that these will be a hit this holiday.  I’ve already had to threaten hubby with bodily harm if he eats them all before Christmas.  Hiding them in the freezer as we speak!

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

chocolate sugar cookies

For my second Christmas cookie of 2010, I’ve made some chocolate sugar cookies.  I’d never had these before but they are soft and delicious with a nice cocoa flavor.

An interesting and easy alternative to regular sugar cookies, simply roll the dough into balls and bake.  You gotta love quick and easy cookie recipes that are fuss free!

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Coconut Macaroons

coconut macaroons

With only 11 days until Christmas, it’s officially cookie time!!  I’ve been baking my butt off every evening and I’ve got loads of new cookie recipes to share with you.  First up…coconut macaroons.

I love coconut, pretty much in anything!  But coconut macaroons are one of my guilty pleasures.  This easy macaroon recipe is to die for!  They are amazingly moist and have an awesome almond flavor.

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

homemade chicken nuggets

Hubby loves breaded chicken in any form and basically any shape too.  I can’t express how grossed out I am by the pressed and shaped processed chicken you can find in the freezer section of the grocery store or at the popular fast food restaurants.  BK calls them chicken fries, eeww!  I’m constantly trying to remind him that chicken is not supposed to be shaped like that.   But I’m just wasting my breath.

So yesterday I decided to make him real chicken nuggets.  They can be a bit time consuming but they turned out great.  The chicken was nice and moist while the breading was nice and crisp.  I thought they were an awesome healthier version of chicken nuggets and you know exactly what’s in them.  No mystery meat here!

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Turkey Gnocchi Soup

turkey gnocchi soup

It’s been snowing here in Western Pennsylvania for days now.  I was totally unprepared for this snow so early in December.  Usually we don’t have snow sticking on the ground til January.  I guess I have to look at the positive, it’s making me more mentally prepared for x-mas.

After Thanksgiving dinner, I saved the turkey carcass to make soup with it another day.  Well, it ended up staying in my freezer longer than anticipated.  Unexpectedly, I wound up under the weather last week…with bronchitis!  I’ve never had bronchitis before but man does it make your lungs sore.  It feels like someone is squeezing your lungs with every breath.

After two days of antibiotics I felt more like myself again and thought soup would be the perfect remedy.  You could use canned turkey or chicken stock instead but I think it’s well worth the extra time to make your own stock.

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