Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gingerbread Cookies


2 Points Plus Value

Serves: 48

 2 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup(s) packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup(s) vegetable oil
1/4 cup(s) molasses
1 item(s) egg(s)


Combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a medium sized bowl.
In a large bowl mix together the brown sugar, oil, molasses and egg. Add dry ingredients to the molasses batter and stir well.
Form 2 large balls of dough; flatten dough out to a large square and put in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Remove dough from refrigerator and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Unwrap and place plastic wrap under and over the dough. Using a rolling pin roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. and cut cookies out using a 3 inch cookie cutter. Place cookies on a nonstick cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. If desired decorate with frosting.

I have found that using plastic wrap instead of parchment paper and flour works much better when rolling out your dough. Besides being messy the flour dries out your dough and makes it crack. The plastic wrap keeps your dough moist and you can roll the dough out very thin without it splitting or cracking. If you are concerned about using plastic wrap, use an environmentally safe brand.

A friend and I went shopping before Christmas for some sundry items such as a wreath, flowers and a small tree. Okay, yes, I waited until the last minute to get my tree. And no I didn't buy one. I wanted a table top tree and they were all gone so my dear friend lent me her adorable twig tree for my table instead.
In our travels we found this quaint old fashioned general store; the kind that sells home made pies, real maple syrup, cakes and cookies, apple cider, etc. It brought back so many memories of traveling to New England with my husband Tom.
I told my friend that if Tom were still alive we could easily have spent $300.00 or more buying Christmas items, pies, cakes, cookies, etc. Now I remember how I got so huge. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to walk into one of those stores and walk out with a container of cider and not the whole store. 

I still find it hard to believe how different I look. It's a great feeling and a reminder that this is my Christmas gift to myself every year. As of December 12 I have kept the weight off for 2 years. There's no going back.
This year make your New Year's Resolution to be one of good health. You deserve it.