Friday, October 7, 2016

Giant Gingerbread and October's Give-Away Apron

 Giant Gingerbread cookies were a favorite of my Kelly's; so much so that she started baking them for friends for their birthdays.  Tomorrow would have been Kelly's 44th birthday and my heart is filled with sadness today knowing she's not around to enjoy these.  She loved these flavors and would be asking me to bake a pumpkin pie instead of a cake for her birthday!  These cookies are appropriate for this fall season with their aromatic spices and rich molasses flavor and I think they'll become a favorite of yours too.

Giant Gingerbread Cookies
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour (plain flour)
2 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg and ground cloves

Sparkling Sugar

In a bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together thoroughly, scrapping down the sides as needed with a rubber spatula.  Add the molasses and egg and beat once more.  Mix all the dry ingredients together and add to the batter. Mix on low just until the flour mixture is incorporated.  Scrape down the sides once more and remove from the stand.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill dough one hour.

Preheat oven to 325F-degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Use a 1/4-cup size scoop to measure the dough, roll the tops in the Sparkling Sugar and place onto the baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven to 13 to 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for 5-7 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Even with the rain and dreary day, my kitchen smelled wonderful and so many memories came back. Enjoy!

The apron for this month has some special colors, which were Kelly's favorites.  I hope you like it and if you comment on the posts this month, it could be in your kitchen for the holidays.

For all my dear friends in the path of this hurricane, my prayers to keep you safe.


  1. Oh dearest Susan...I cannot imagine...I am thinking of you and wishing you peace. Gentle hugs! As expected....beautiful photos and yummmy treats!

  2. Dear Susan, there is no greater pain than losing a precious child. Thinking of you and praying for the good memories to fill your heart.

  3. Hugs to you dear Susan. I love the photo of you and your girls. You and Kelly look so much alike. Your smiles are identical. I'm so glad you shared Kelly's favorite gingerbread cookies today. Take care, my friend. xo ♥

  4. Susan, the missing them never ends. Hugs!

  5. How wonderful that you baked Kelly's favorites to honor her by and then shared the recipe with us. I love a good molasses cookie and I have molasses. This bodes well. The apron is a delight. Do you have a gallery of apron photos? I hope so. Each one is unique and lovely. Speaking of lovely, that photo of you and your girls definitely is.

  6. The photo of you and your gals is so beautiful and precious. I am so grateful that you have shared Kellys favourite spiced cookie here, Susan. They look awesome!

  7. I've lost two, makes the holidays rought

    1. I'm so sorry...I think her birthday hits me harder than the anniversary of her passing. On her last birthday she said to me, "Mom, what if this is my last." I tried to deny it, but cancer is an insidious disease!

  8. Beautiful photo! The cookies look scrumptious... no wonder they were a favorite of Kelly's. Hugs to you!

  9. Lovely photo. gingerbread cookies sound good to eat right now with my tea.
    stamping sue

  10. I know it's a tough month for you...You've been on my mind daily, my friend. Love the happy memories and that you're baking these for Kelly. Lv to you, me!

  11. I am so very sorry about your dear Kelly. How sweet to honor her with these lovely gingerbread cookies that she would make for friends. Doesn't food just bring back special memories of our loved ones? Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. The apron is a beauty! God bless you and may peace and love be with you.

  12. Liking both the gingerbread and the apron ♥

  13. Hi Susan, last night I made your recipe for Apple pie bread pudding...........YUM! still have more apples so will be looking for more apple recipes.
    stamping sue

  14. I love gingerbread cookies. What a wonderful cookie for fall.

  15. Hi Susan. Just love the cookie recipe, apron, and photo! It saddens me greatly when I think of how you lost your beloved Kelly. It's so hard to understand. I can only imagine the sorrow in your heart. The best consolation is to know you will meet again one day. Hope her little boy, your sweet grandson, is doing well. Blessings to you, Susan. Hugs. Susan

  16. Those looks delicious. And I love the mother/daughters photo. So much love.

  17. These look so delicious. I am sure Kelly is looking down on you as you share her favourite with us. A lovely way to honour her memory.
    Hugs, Deborah

  18. Your apron is lovely! Like the cookie recipe, too! Started to follow you on bloglovin: Nicole Sender.


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