From My Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies

I was so excited to receive this new cookie magazine from my sister recently. We, along with our mom, aunts, and female cousins, love to bake and we love cookies, which are great interests to share with the women in my family.

BHG Cookies Magazine

I adore gingerbread cookies, and these turned out quite good, so I’m happy to share the recipe with you today.

gingerbread cookies


1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground baking soda

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flower

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips, or chopped pieces

The recipe also called for 1/2 cup dried tart red cherries, which I left out because I thought that might be too many flavors going on in one cookie.


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda, ginger, allspice, and salt; beat until combined.

3. Beat in molasses and egg until combined.

4. Beat in as much of the flower as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour and chocolate.

5. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake about 8-9 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Transfer to wire racks; cool.

Makes about 36 cookies. They are quite tasty on a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream. Enjoy!

More Ornaments Exchanging

You know me, I really love making ornaments, and exchanging them with creative friends. This is the second year I’ve exchanged ornaments with my friend Cheryl. Cheryl has had a crazy busy few months, so I was happy she still wanted to do our exchange. She always includes the cutest goodies in her package. I especially adore these felt gingerbread houses she made for me this year! I love all things gingerbread, so these fit in perfectly on our tree. Exchanging handmade treasures with friends thousands of miles away makes celebrating the holiday season even more special. I am so thankful for your generosity and creative spirit, my friends!

Christmas Couples

I found a few pairs of cute  Christmas couples in my box of decorations that have become some of my favorite holiday decorations, so I wanted to share them with you.

This pair is the moose couple I got from my friend Tami in Colorado. They rest atop the couch in our living room

This pair is the skiing snowman couple that came from a shop in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where we used to live. They are hanging out in the window of our guest room, watching the skies for more snow.

This pair is the gingerbread couple. I got them in a secret Santa exchange when I lived in Colorado. They spend their days in my bathroom, keeping me company when I’m getting ready for work

Aren’t they sweet? What’s your favorite Christmas decoration?