This weekend I met up with some fellow Salt Lake City food bloggers for a cookie swap. Everyone came with fabulous Christmas Cookies. All recipes will be posted on The Hive, a online community of local Utah food bloggers.
I brought a family favorite, Ginger Creams. This is my mothers favorite cookie, straight from the South and probably a recipe that has been passed down from generations. The ginger cookies are light and not too sweet so the icing on top is the perfect touch of sweetness. Ginger Creams
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mix the first 5 ingredients together thoroughly. Stir all of the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and gradually blend them into the egg mixture. Chill dough. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Drop dough by teaspoonful about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. (cookies will spread slightly during baking) Bake about 7-8 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touches lightly. While slightly warm frost with lemon or vanilla icing.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Butter Cream Vanilla Icing
2 1/2 TB soft butter
1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
1 1/2 TB cream or milk
3/4 tsp vanilla
Blend butter and sugar together. Stir in cream and vanilla until smooth.
Makes icing for 4 dozen cookies.
Here are some of the other delicious Holiday Cookies that were brought and bartered for at the swap.
Maria, TwoPeasandTheirPod brought chewy Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies.
Holly, PheMomenon, brought her favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies from The New York Times.
Tiffany, FoodFinery, made colorful Shortbread cookies with cranberries and pumpkin seeds.
Candace, A Little Blog, made a fun recipe of her mom’s Sweet & Salty Chocolate Chip cookies.
Christina, Mele Cotte, created elegant Chocolate Mascarpone Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache Mini Tarts.
Dara, Cookin’ Canuck, made festive Cinnamon and Almond Meringue Star Cookies.
Kaylyn, Kaylyn’s Kitchen, doesn’t eat many sweets but came for the great food and fun conversation.
Barbara from BarbaraBakes brought luscious Pecan Squares that she posted recently in her 12 weeks of Christmas cookies series.
Christie, The Table Runner, baked a yummy recipe of a dear friend, Cherry Chocolate Crisps.
*Thanks to Barbara and Holly for this list!