Gingerbread Feet, oh and Dinosaurs

Now that my pre-Christmas doula-ing is done I can really get into the spirit. I am so engulfed in this spirit that I have invented a new word. I have turned Christmas into a verb. Are you ready for it?

We are Christmassing around these parts. Are you?

Today alone, I discovered that there are 23 different versions of Jingle Bells on our computer. Isn’t that astonishing? Marc is hum-grumbling (new word too!) about all the festive falalaing around these parts so like little elves, we wait until he is off at work and then we break out the Christmassing to the Extreme.

You might wonder what all this Christmassing entails. Well, some present-wrapping, some adventing, some decorating (that was slightly foiled by new leaks sprung by the old drafty windows…) and some baking!! –and it may include changing phone ringtones to sleigh bells… but we best not mention that now…

We have been land-dwellers now for a little more than a year, but every now and then we catch this backlash of our boat-dwelling days. For example, I had this big tub of cookie cutters that had all sorts of Christmassy shapes in it. I gave this away to my lovely sister-in-law when we moved onto the boat. I forgot to ask for them back and being one who does set out all the necessary tools on the counter prior to baking, I whipped up a batch of delicious gingerbread cookie dough, only to discover the only two cookie cutters in our house were these:

Now, don’t frett because Santa Claus is still coming to town. And! I’m a good improviser. I mean, I lived on a boat for goodness sake! My most common phrase uttered when baking or knitting is “Oh that’s good enough.” Yup, I’m a fudger when it comes to details.

And seriously, gingerbread feet and dinosaurs are awesome. Nothing could go wrong.

Actually, nothing did go wrong. Except this: whenever Gabrielle wants a gingerbread cookie now she says, “Brie wants foot cookie, Mommy, please.”

Yeah. Didn’t count on that one.

Here is my Gingerbread recipe. Also it is in the Recipe section of the blog.

Gingerbread Cookies

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
*cream together*

1 egg
2 TBSP molasses

In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients:
1 tsp ginger
3/4 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2  3/4 cup flour

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients above. Mix. Sprinkle flour on your rolling surface, sprinkle flour on top. Roll out and cut into desired shapes. I suggest feet or dinosaurs to get the above results. But for a more traditional method, I suppose gingerbread men will suffice.

Bake at 350F for 6-8 minutes or until they look done.

Leave them on the pan for 5 minutes after you take them out of the oven then let them cool on a cooling rack before decorating. This will make them more chewy than crunchy.

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8 Thoughts on “Gingerbread Feet, oh and Dinosaurs

  1. danielle on 19 December, 2012 at 5:00 pm said:

    Your cookie cutters on making their way to Pender this Christmas. Are you sure you want them back? We could make foot cookies a new tradition:)

  2. I went looking for my Christmas cookie cutters and remembered I gave them to you! Danielle, you could drop off a few in Ladysmith on your way down?

    I laughed when I saw your gingerbread recipe. I’d recognize my scratch anywhere. It’s no wonder you comment on the sparseness of my directions! I believe in baking as an overall concept. At least that’s my excuse for writing recipes in broad sweeps. Good thing your intelligence and creativity can accommodate that kind of big picture thinking as is evident in your ‘feet’ and ‘dinosaur’ goodies. Fun post!

    • June 27, 2012 Well you probably won’t get a posren to do thatttt, but what you can do is to go to the cell-phone carrier website (version website) and you can actually compare there. I’m sorry.

  3. In our house we often bake up some uber-traditional gingerbread or sugar cookie…. geckos! For much the same reason as your feet and dinosaurs. Can’t find the Christmas cookie cutters? … this will do! And thus begins a tradition :) Happy Christmassing and tell Marc to quit hum-grumbling – Christmas comes but once a year after all!

    • oOohh, the Christmas markets are going on aladrey?!? I’m so jealous. If there’s one thing I miss from Europe, that’s it… And spiced warm wine. Yum.Oh yes, fairies live there. That looks absolutely magical. Can I set up camp there?

  4. Stephanie on 21 December, 2012 at 10:45 am said:

    Such a cute post. Way to go with the flow. Merry Christmas!

    • Just a single dad have 3 kids. I am 36 dovriced i work full time for the NHS in admin. have 1 of my children live with me and am finding it hard to find that someone special. i just looking for some good advice . on where to go local to me to meet new people (as local pubs just are full of younger people or are full of couples.) i live in Thamesmead SE London. have been single 7 months now and just asking for some help.

  5. She is so delectable in that first photo!! Have fun Christmassing. I’ll be back to my Christmassing self next year :)

    Enjoy the foot cookies!

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