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Ginger Shortbread Cookies  


Ginger Shortbread Cookies (December 2007)


  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Stir in egg, ginger and salt.
  3. Add flour and mix well.
  4. Refrigerate dough for a half hour.
  5. When dough is cold, roll out to about ¼ inch thick and cut with a 2" star shaped cookie cutter. Make some tiny stars (from a child's cookie cutter set) as well.
  6. Bake on parchment paper for 15 minutes in a pre-heated 325F oven or until golden brown. Let cool on a rack. The tiny stars, of course, take less time to bake. The small cookies are lovely accents for a dish of ice cream with mincemeat.

(Next Christmas, I may try making them with even more ginger and ¾ demerara sugar and ¼ icing sugar.)

above recipe based on Xerez Haffenden's Fresh Ginger Shortbread With White & Dark Chocolate Drizzles in Great Canadian Cookies, Bars and Squares: CBC Radio Listeners Share Their Family Favourites on page 81 original recipe (was at

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Coloured Sugar Cookies (December 2007)

The following recipe, that my sister and I altered from a recipe in the "Five Roses Cook Book", eliminates the need for icing as decoration. Children LOVE making and eating these cookies. (They don't seem to mind that they taste just okay but not great, because they are very attractive on a plate with the other standard sugar cookies, shortbreads, gingersnaps....)

Also the cookies can be sent long distance. I pack them in jam jars with the cookies facing outward (so they show through the glass) a coloured ribbon and a festive looking top to the jar.

oven at 375F; ungreased cookie sheet; 8-10 minutes baking



  1. Cream sugar & shortening. Add eggs & orange peel. In a separate bowl, mix together baking powder, salt and only 1 c. of flour. Add flour mixture to creamed shortening. Stir. Add milk and vanilla. Stir.

  2. Divide mixture EVENLY into 5 separate bowls. Put about 10 drops of food colouring into 4 separate bowls: making red, blue, yellow, green and leaving one bowl white. (B: we recommended to ourselves to have one and a half bowls of white and half a bowl of blue.) Put remaining flour (two and a half cups: 5 x ½c.= ½ c. per bowl) evenly into the 5 bowls. (if you decide to have one and a half bowls of white and half a bowl of blue: ¼ c. for the blue bowl and ¾ c. for the white bowl and ½ c. for the others)

  3. Press the dough out to about ¼ inch depth and using cookie cutters, cut into shapes. Use the other colours like plasticine to decorate. We have made little dogs with holly on their collars, angels playing instruments, Christmas trees, Santas, Initials decorated with holly for each child receiving the cookies, etc. etc. Try not to handle the dough TOO much; the cookies get quite hard and tough (although, as I said, kids don't seem to mind). We use very little cookie cutters so the cookies themselves end up being no bigger than one or two inches.

BLM: READ the handle of the measuring cup FIRST before there are many tears of frustration.

EJM: DON'T add red to make a better blue. LISTEN for the timer bell so that the orchestra and choir of angels doesn't turn out mahogany brown.

angel cookie ©ejm01 dog cookie ©ejm01 tree cookie ©ejm01

If by some awful chance you don't hear the bell, you don't have to throw out the burned cookies, but can hang them on the Christmas tree. They look quite amazing.

oven at 375F ungreased cookie sheet 8-10 minutes


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revised 1May2003 Preheat oven to 375F



  1. Cream together butter and sugars.
  2. Beat in egg, vanilla and molasses.
  3. In a separate bowl sift flour, salt and baking soda together.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet.
  5. Stir in raisins (or a combination of raisins, chocolate chips and/or chopped pecans).
  6. Using a small spoon, drop batter, well apart, onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake about 10 minutes in a pre-heated 375F oven or until golden brown. Let cool on a rack.

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