Ginger Snap Cookies For The New Year

Before you start your New Year’s resolutions and give up gluten, or start a juice cleanse, or beg your friend Tom to cook you healthy food for a week… Can you guess which one I plan to do?

Anyway, before you start all that, you should make these cookies as your final hoorah.
Ginger Snaps

My Aunt Katherine is FAMOUS for these ginger snaps. And by “famous,” I mean that my cousin Stuart told me they are awesome, so I decided to make them.

The trick to making these is to use fresh ginger. If that sounds intimidating, it isn’t. I legit Googled how to do it, because I’d never grated ginger before, and found this weird but also helpful video.  All you need is a piece of ginger and a cheese grater. It’s super simple, and it made the cookies really have that fresh ginger kick to them.

Ginger Snap Recipe

I put these out as part of the dessert for a dinner party, and needless to say they went FAST. I made them small enough, so that you don’t feel too badly about having two. Or three. Or as many as you can cram into your mouth.

Also, this recipe makes a solid 4 1/2 dozen, so they make a great gift to send people home with as well.

What you’ll need:

1 cup sugar.
2 cups flour.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. 1 teaspoon ground ginger.
1 teaspoon baking soda.
3/4 cup Crisco.
1/4 cup molasses.
1 egg, slightly beaten.

Directions (verbatim from my Aunt):

Combine dry ingredients. Add Crisco and mix together until crumbly. Add molasses and egg. Mix until well blended. (I make mine in the food processor.)

Form dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press slightly to flatten a little. (I use the bottom of a glass, dipped in sugar)

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Super Cute (And Easy) Thanksgiving Desserts

Everyone loves a good pumpkin pie, don’t get it twisted. But chances are that I won’t be baking that pumpkin pie, because I’ll be opting for something a little simpler. A little less… time consuming. Plus, Grandma La Rosa has always been the baked goods lady in our family, so I’ll leave that honor up to her.

All that being said, there are some incredibly low maintenance and really adorable desserts to make this Thanksgiving, whether you’re spending it with your family, or hosting a Friendsgiving.

  • Nutter Butter Turkey Cupcakes are probably the easiest way to top a cupcake without going crazy with icing designs or fondant. Not that I’d even know how to use fondant, but you get the idea.

Nutter butter turkey cupcake recipe

  • Mini Pumpkin pies that you make in a muffin tin. The recipe is insanely easy, and will save you going through the hassle of making a full-out crust from scratch.

Muffin Tin Pumpkin Pie

  • A Thanksgiving cookie pop, made with golden Oreos, a peanut butter cracker, and candy corn

Thanksgiving cookie pop

Via Best Friends for Frosting

  • Caramel apple dip fit for a turkey

Thanksgiving Apple Dip

Via Make and Takes

  • Peppermint Pilgrim Hats, made with three ingredients: peanut butter cups, peppermint patties, and white icing

Thanksgiving Peppermint Pilgrim Hats

See the full recipe here

  • Plymouth Rock cookies, because YOLO. You prepare these like you would any sugar cookie, and use a toothpick to “engrave” the date, plus a little food coloring to get the gray-green glaze. Full recipe here.

Plymouth Rock Cookie Recipe

  • Acorn Cookies that you can pop in your mouth, and only 3 ingredients: Hershey kisses, mini Nutter Butters, and peanut butter

Acorn CookiesSee the full recipe here

  • Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Cookies. I don’t know about you, but thumbprint cookies are kind of EVERYTHING to me. They look really simple, and at the same time, like cookie-sized perfection. Plus, the Hershey’s pumpkin kiss makes it really easy to label this a Thanksgiving treat. (Are you noticing a big theme here with the candy additions?)

Pumpkin Thumbprint Cookies

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Perfect Fall Recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Cream Cheese Frosting

pumpkinI first made this recipe last year when I was invited to dinner with E’s best friend from college. At the time, his friend’s wife was pregnant with twins, and I needed something that would be so yummy it could satisfy pregnancy cravings and impress his best friend. (We were in the very early stages of our relationship where every meal and every moment feels like SO MUCH PRESSURE. Or at least it did to me, ha!)

So begun the great pumpkin whoopie pie experiment! In practice, I’ve always been a taster of whoopie pies more than a baker. But since they’re one of my favorite desserts, in that they involve cookies and frosting, I figured it might be worth a shot.

I originally found this recipe c/o Martha Stewart, but I’ve since made some alterations… Continue reading