Grandpa Weston’s Gingerbread Cookies

With Christmas right around the corner, I decided to start doing weekly blog posts to share different recipes of my favourite Christmas baking. I always have friends and family asking me to share recipes with them so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to do so!

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I’m going to start with my absolute favourite recipe that reminds me so much of my childhood. My Grandpa Weston’s Gingerbread Cookie recipe. Every time I think of Christmas as a child, this is the first thing I think of. Going to my grandma and grandpa’s house and filling our bellies with these delicious cookies. Always decorated so cute and they never changed year after year.

Before Darcy + I were married, Grandpa made Darcy his own personal gingerbread man. My Grandpa loved Darcy and thought the world of him. He decorated the cookie with blue jeans, a baseball cap and a hoodie. Typical Darcy outfit. I’ll never forget how happy and proud he looked when he gave Darcy the cookie.

My grandpa + grandma have both since passed away, but their baking, recipes and Christmas traditions are still a very big part of our lives. I’m very excited to pass these traditions down to my boys in the years to come!

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup softened butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup light molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat softened butter, brown sugar and molasses. Add in egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix well until a dough forms.
  5. Lightly flour the countertop and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to ¼ inch. Use cookie cutters to cut the gingerbread. Place on baking sheet lined with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely before decorating.

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I just make a batch of royal icing with different colours to decorate the cookies with. Always a great activity to do with littles ones. And the icing stays in the fridge up to a month so you can decorate all your baking with the same batch of icing!

If you end up making these,  I hope you love them as much as we do! They go perfectly with a cup of tea on a cold snowy morning. Enjoy 🙂

–Miranda

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