Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to my guest blogger, The Fabulous Marie!
Marie is a mother of the one and only spunky 3 year old Patrick. Wife, mother, and Christmas cookie business owner. And in her spare time she works a more-than-full-time job as a Director of Services and Supports for a county board of developmental disabilities. Yep. She does it all.
Today, we have to gift to hear a tad about her life. She has also been gracious enough to share her most amazing (seriously, most amazing) ginger cookie recipe.
I’m away for work a lot, so when I’m home one of my favorite ways to spend time with my son is to have him help me in the kitchen. He just turned three, and it’s amazing how much fun we can have just making dinner together. For anyone thinking it’s deranged to encourage a toddler to cook, let me spin this another way. When Patrick is helping me make pancakes for breakfast, I feel confident that I have at least a 20 minute window where he isn’t doing this:
or whatever happened here:
Here is our favorite cookie recipe:
The Most Amazing Giant Ginger Cookies
Yield: 20 big cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line baking sheets with parchment paper
2 ¼ c all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg1 tablespoon water
¼ cup molasses
2 tablespoons sugar
Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt in a large bowl. Make sure to let your little one help measure and dump ingredients. Three-year-olds are great at dumping things into bowls!
In a separate bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar with an electric mixer until well combined. Little hands definitely need a bit of hand-over-hand assistance for this part, but mixers are considered lots of fun.
Add the egg, water and molasses to your butter and sugar; mix well. Patrick is an expert bowl-scraper during this step.
At wet ingredients to dry, and mix until all ingredients look evenly incorporated. Use a large melon baller to scoop cookie dough into balls. Roll each ball in sugar. This is a perfect job for a kiddo! Put our sugar-dipped dough onto the baking sheets, and give each cookie lots of room to expand. I usually only put four cookies on a tray because they spread so much.
Bake 15 minutes. Conduct a “quality assurance review” as soon as your cookies have cooled a little. This, of course, is the ultimate pay-off. There’s nothing like sharing a cookie with your favorite little cookie monster.