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Yesterday I received a text from a friend asking me what I was giving to Maddie Grace’s Mom’s Morning Out teachers for Christmas. I stopped and realized that not only did I have no idea what I was giving them, I had no idea that this was the last week of school before Christmas. Eek! Where did December go anyways? I grabbed Maddie Grace, ran to the store to buy some supplies, came home and set to work making cookies so I could be sure I got them to her teachers this week. I love ginger cookies – seriously one of my favorite holiday flavors. I decided to do a delicious soft ginger cookie and to make it stand out some whipped up an apple glaze to go on top. The cookies turned out delicious and I think her teachers will certainly enjoy them.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Large Egg
1/2 Cup Shortening
1/2 Cup Butter (1 stick, room temperature)
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Unsulfured Molasses
2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
3/4 Teaspoon Allspice
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Can Apple Pie Filling
1/2 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
Here’s what you do:
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and allspice. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, combine shortening and butter on medium speed until well blended. Add brown sugar, egg and molasses and continue to beat on medium speed around 3-4 minutes.
Turn mixer speed to low and slowly add the mixture of dry ingredients.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.
While baking mix the gooey stuff from the apple pie filling (about 1/4 cup) with powdered sugar to make the glaze.
As soon as cookies are removed from oven top each cookie with a little bit of glaze and brush evenly over cookies. Then remove cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool.
Once the cookies I made were cool I packaged some up in Rubbermaid TakeAlongs rectangle containers and tied with a Christmas-y ribbon. Since there were plenty of cookies leftover I put the rest in a Rubbermaid TakeAlongs serving bowl container for Tom to take to work… or to keep here for us to snack on. I haven’t quite decided yet. I love that Rubbermaid TakeAlongs come in a variety of festive holiday colors and prints, and that they come in so many different sizes and shapes. Plus they’re reusable so whoever you give them to can keep them around for future use!