Monday, December 17, 2018

Gingerbread Cookies

 Let's enjoy some gingerbread cookies by the cozy fire today.  

 This Johnson Brothers plate with the matching teacup is one of my very favorites!

 Don't you love the Christmas tree inside the cup?

 My daughter gave me this Baking Santa years ago.  Isn't he sweet with his overalls, flannel shirt, flour sack, wooden spoon,  pitcher, and cookies?  

 This sweet girl came to help cut out gingerbread cookies for my grandchildren to decorate for our party.

Yield: Lots!!

Gingerbread Cookies

My late beloved and I went to Williamsburg for our honeymoon way back in 1970. While there, we tasted the most delicious gingerbread cookies. I found this recipe and saved it from somewhere that I don't remember now.


1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup unsulfered molasses
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted


Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine the sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.

Add melted butter, evaporated milk, molasses and vanilla extract.   Stir until well combined.
Add the flour 1 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition to prevent lumps. The dough should be very smooth and stiff enough to handle without sticking to your fingers. If necessary, add up to 1/2 cup additional flour to prevent sticking . 

On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with  cookie cutters.   It may be necessary to re-flour your surface several times to prevent dough from becoming sticky.

Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet, or parchment lined baking sheets,  for 10-12 minutes.  For small cookies, reduce baking time to 6-7 minutes. The cookies are done if they spring back when touched (but before the edges begin to brown!). Remove cookies immediately from baking sheet and cool on cooling rack. 

If desired, frost your cookies, or outline them with a royal frosting or a butter cream. 
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I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


  1. Kitty, I'd love to join you by the fire with your pretty Johnson Brothers dishes and a delicious gingerbread cookie! I always love seeing Cissy's sweet smiling face and her baking in your kitchen. ♥

  2. Love your JB plate and teacup, Kitty! So pretty for this time of year. I have a baking snowlady but I haven't got her out this year. I also made ginger cookies but they're not as fancy as yours. Mine are just plain rounds but they are nice with a cup of tea or coffee. I may not be back again before Christmas because my family is arriving tomorrow so I will wish you and your dear ones a Merry Christmas! God bless you with comfort and joy, Kitty! Love and hugs...Sandi

  3. Hi Kitty, oh I would love to make these cookies. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  4. Gingerbread cookies are such a treat. Yours look wonderful and I'd love to share a cup of tea with you. I made ginger cookies on Saturday, but they are not yet decorated. What fun to drink tea out of a cup where a Christmas tree appears! Merry Christmas, Kitty, have a celebration of joy and love with your family. I know you will be thinking of your beloved husband and your mom this year. Hugs, Lorrie

  5. What adorable gingerbread cookies. Your Johnson brother plate and teacup are lovely. I need to get out my dishware.. Cissy is such a sweet girl. Always helping Nana in the kitchen. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hugs

  6. I envy all the baking time you get to spend with Cissy and the fun baking Santa is adorable. Merry Christmas, Kitty!

  7. Cissy is definitely her grandmother’s granddaughter...such a cheerful companion in the kitchen and a big help, too. I love gingerbread cookies. Alas, I am the only one in my family who does. It is one of my great sorrows that no one likes anything with molasses in it? What is the matter with them?!

    I do love that Christmas set from Johnson Bros. I need to keep my eyes peeled for some...wonder if they ever show up at The Christmas Tree Shop as Friendly Village did a few years ago.

    Sparkle on, you two!

  8. Merry Christmas,Kitty!Your gorgeous teaset made me swoon!Those pretty gingerbread cookies look delicious...Cissy is cute as ever!HUGS!

  9. Oh what gorgeous cookies! I'm sure they're mighty tasty too. Your Baking Santa is just adorable too - right up my (baking) alley. =D So nice Cissy loves helping you and you get to make memories together. Enjoy a delightful Christmas season dear friend...and a very happy new year also! XO

  10. Hahaha, I think you and Diana are in cahoots this evening. She has a compatible post that goes hand in hand with your cookies! Perfect timing, and I love the Johnson Brothers tea cup and plate! Merry Christmas Kitty, Cissy and the whole crew!

  11. The thought of sitting by your fire and sharing a cup of tea and one of your ginger bread cookies sounds delightful.
    I can see why you love that Johnson Brothers tea cup and plate, it's gorgeous!
    I love ginger bread cookies, but never make them. Rolled cookies are not my favorite, maybe that's why? :-)
    Your recipe sounds good, just may venture out and make them.

    Bless you, dear Kitty~

  12. This weekend is going to be my big baking weekend and I planned on making your mini-bundt gingerbread cake that you featured a few weeks ago. Now I'm torn between that and these cookies. Such difficult decisions! :)
    Beautiful Johnson Bros. teacup-I've never seen that pattern before. I love designs inside the cups too.

  13. Oh yes, how I'd love to join you and Cissy for some gingerbread cookies and tea! The scene on the Johnson Brothers plate just makes me want to be able to jump into the scene and stay there for a while, all cozy by the fire and gazing upon that beautiful tree! What a lovely, lovely design! Blessings to you, dear Kitty!

  14. Oh kitty, I love this wonderful cozy scene before the fire. The JB is one of my favorites as well. Honestly, this is just so sweet and brings back memories, love it! Cissy certainly shows her excitement about the party y'all were planning. Love the baking chef, what a magical and perfect gift for you!!! Merry Christmas Kitty........hugs.

  15. She looks like she is having fun in the kitchen!
    I like your Baking Santa!
    Happy Holidays!

  16. I just love gingerbread cookies for Christmas! I eat mine straight out of the freezer!

  17. That's a fun thing to make with Santa's helper! Holiday hugs to you both!

  18. Somehow I think that you must have the best smelling kitchen in the South!

  19. The cookies look so good and adorable. I whipped up a bath of gingerbread cookie dough and matter of fact it is chilling in my frig. My plan is to bake them tomorrow maybe....LOL! I love gingerbread cookies. Loving your beautiful tea cup Kitty. You sure do have the prettiest little helper ever! Hugs and blessings to you dear Kitty.

  20. Such cute cookies...I look forward every Dec to decorating cookies with grands..our group has grown and it becomes more fun ea year.

  21. I've always admired your Christmas-themed transferwares.

    Candy cane is usually my favourite holiday flavour, but this year, I'm really into gingerbread everything!

  22. I love your baking Santa Kitty! And your china collection is so beautiful, how many tea cups do you have? Cissy is such a gem, the gingerbread cookies look wonderful!

  23. I hope you enjoyed your family gathering and the decorating of the cookies, sweet friend! That little girl is so faithful to help you bake, isn't she? What a sweet child. I always love hearing about your baking adventures together. Praying for you and sending many hugs your way!

  24. Merry Christmas to you and your family Kitty! I just love your Gingerbread Cookie recipe and would really like to try it sometime, the story about the cookies is especially sweet. Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes that you share with us at Full Plate Thursday, have a very special holiday!
    Miz Helen

  25. I love Johnson brothers, this pattern in particular. It is so perfect for the season, and provides a fitting backdrop for your delicious gingerbread cookies. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your family!

  26. Kitty, what an adorable baking Santa! Does he do dishes too? Thank you for the gingerbread cookie recipe! xo

  27. Kitty, I love gingerbread cookies year round, but I'm too lazy to decorate them! :D Williamsburg is a wonderful place for a honeymoon! I've only been there once but would love to go back one day. We had the best time, along with Mr Delightful's sister, who is no longer with us.


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