Four Grandmothers Gingerbread Cookies

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Last December I finally tried my hand at one of the most coveted recipes within the pages of my Great-Grandmother Miriam’s recipe book: her soft ginger cookies. She made them every Christmas when I was a child; we looked forward to them so much that she even wrote, “the kids like these” in the recipe (the entire thing is handwritten, another aspect of the treasure).

Blessed with a quiet afternoon to myself, the baby napping and the other children at school, I set about mixing up the dough in my trusty KitchenAid mixer, which was a wedding gift from Grandma Ruth. As I got out my rolling pin and cookie cutters, it suddenly dawned on me that my cookie baking was accompanied by not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR of my grandmothers. Continue reading

The Perfect Holiday Gingerbread

Three Tiered Baking Rack

If you have bunches of batches to bake, you’ll want the Three Tiered Backing Rack from Lehmans.com or Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I am not a fan of the big HURRAH!!! I think the wonder and magic of the holidays, especially the Christmas holiday, has been hijacked by consumerism and the wish to outdo friends, neighbors and even family with the biggest splash. Simple Christmas candles are put aside in favor of garish displays. A few lovingly chosen gifts are dwarfed by the drama of electronics and brightly colored plastic junk. The quiet evening at home is hard to find. As hard as I try, I too have fallen prey to some of this. Still, I make a real effort to keep the small traditions that make the season warm and cozy rather than rushed and harried. One of those traditions is the Christmas cookie. Continue reading