The Christmas season is filled with scents and tastes that make you feel warm inside, no matter how cold it is. With the spicy yet comforting flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and, of course, ginger, gingerbread cookies claimed their rightful place in the "holiday favorites" hall of fame.
When most people hear the word "gingerbread," they think of gingerbread men, and there's no small reason for this. While gingerbread actually has a rich history going as far back as ancient Greece, the popularity of gingerbread men can be traced back to Queen Elizabeth I, who came up with the idea to create gingerbread doppelgangers of visiting dignitaries.
[caption id="attachment_72023" align="alignnone" width="701"] Armanda Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I featuring Gingerbread Dignitaries.[/caption]
Today, we still create gingerbread men to celebrate Christmas. However, like any other cookie, gingerbread can be cut into any shape and taste just as delicious.
Because of gingerbread's yummy taste and ginger's natural nausea soothing properties, gingerbread cookies in the shape of awareness ribbons using this cookie cutter make a very thoughtful Christmas gift for cancer patients. Decorate the cookies with the according awareness ribbon color, put them in a pretty tin, and voila! You have created a lovely handmade gift.
Cancer Awareness Cookie Cutter - $4.99
These cookies also make a great gift for cancer survivors, and they're perfect for cookie exchanges!
Here is an easy recipe for amazing homemade gingerbread cookies:
- 3 Cups Flour
- 2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
- 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
- 1/4 Teaspoons Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 3/4 Cup Softened Butter
- 3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Cup Molasses
1. Mix flour, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Set it aside. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixture at medium speed to beat butter and brown sugar into a fluffy mixture. Add molasses, egg, and vanilla and beat well. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture and mix well.
2. Press dough into a flat disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Let dough chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread a small amount of flour over a flat work surface. Roll out the dough to a thickness of approximately 1/4 inch. Use cookie cutters to create desired shapes. Place the cookies about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Leave on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes and then move cookies to wire cooling racks. Let them cool completely and decorate.
If you aren't the baking type (or end up eating all the cookies yourself), gifting our awareness ribbon cookie cutter with a print out of this free PDF gift-able recipe card also makes a great present! When you gift your cookies, don't forget to include the recipe card so everyone knows how to recreate your perfect gingerbread! If you are looking for more great gift ideas, check out our hand coordinated gift sets, holiday shop, or our gift guide. Happy baking, happy eating, and happy holidays, everyone!