It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  

And, it’s less than a week away.

And, I still have a few presents to buy.

And cards to send.

And food to make.  So, yes, sometimes it’s also the most stressed out time of the year.

I went to Johnnies last week to buy my Christmas Dinner Brisket and I spied a most wonderful new item on the shelf.  Well, actually it was in the freezer.  Frozen, pre cut gingerbread cookies ready to be baked. I love craft activities and for many years I have coerced my family into making gingerbread houses.  We never eat the houses, who knows how long those cardboard like walls and roofs have been packaged.  So I was thrilled that Johnnies had cookies, already shaped, that I could bake fresh.  I don’t think I’ve seen this type of cookie available anywhere before, so I did a happy dance and bought a box to take home and try out.  The box has 48 pre portioned gingerbread men, but no icing.  So, make sure you have ingredients for the icing and  decorations to dress your little men.

These cookies bake up so soft.  Nothing like the boxed cardboard kits that I usually buy.  And, they will make your kitchen smell delicious too.


Gingerbread Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place frozen cookies 3″ apart in all directions on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake cookies for 9 minutes, rotating pan 180 degrees at the 5 minute mark.

Remove from the oven.  Cookies will continue to cook for about 2 minutes longer on the pans.  Allow to cool completely before decorating, but it is totally acceptable to eat the cookies while warm.

 

Royal Icing

*To the best of my ability, I have tried to indicate all ingredients, products and equipment that are available at Johnnies in Bold Print.  

 

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