Monday, December 13, 2010


"And I had but one penny in the world.
Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.
– William Shakespeare

For as long as we've been a family,
it's been our tradition to each choose a Christmas cookie
for baking at Christmastime.

And for as long as I can remember, one of the cookies chosen
has always been gingerbread.

Decorating them is more than half the fun.
And I must admit that my decorating staff has come a long way in a few short years.

Our cookies never used to look this good, guys!

The process moves a little slowly when you can only bake a few at a time...

But it's worth it.

Last year the trimmings were pretty sparse,

and all we had were borrowed cookie cutters.

But we've been collecting throughout the year,
and the result was pure fun.

Joy to share.

Wish we could hand you a fresh cookie...

But we do wish you all the joy of the season!

***Many thanks to my neighbor, J, who loaned me a 1/2 cup of molasses for this recipe. It wouldn't have happened without you, friend!

Gingerbread is not in the Filipino vocabulary.
A friend asked me if it was like garlic bread?
She'll get to try it for the first time this year.
I wonder what she'll think?


Judy said...

MMMM!! Makes me want to make gingerbread! Thanks for the photos from which I can steal the clever decorating ideas!!!! My gingerbread has always been decor free! Didn't think of doing what you guys do! Now if I could just twist the boys' arms to get them to participate!!

thechurchcook said...

I heard garlic-ginger bread is a new fav in the blogger world. ;0) Sure would love a cookie from you!

us5 said...

didn't we always decorate gingerbread as kids, Judy?!?! hope your boys will join in the fun. ;o)

us5 said...

very interesting idea...garlic-gingerbread?!?! well, you're the authority, churchcook, so you should know! but i don't think we'll be trying that recipe anytime soon :grin: