A few weekends ago Ava and I baked these amazing gingerbread men cookies. I am slowly starting to learn that when there is a baby in the kitchen you can add about 2 hours to the prep time. This is what baking gingerbread men cookies looked like in our kitchen...
Now, before I bake or clean I usually like to get dressed, put on my makeup, and fix my hair. I know it sounds crazy but it just makes me feel better. This is something my Nona would do and she always had on her finest jewelry. However, this day I was soooooo excited to try out this recipe that I kept on my pjs, said the heck with the makeup, threw my hair up in a bun and put on my Christmas apron. Ava stayed in her pjs too.
We first got our dough ready to roll out. I put Ava in her new floor seat from Fisher Price and put it on the counter. She loves this thing!
I used a lot of flour and don't be afraid to do the same. The flour will bake off in the oven.
The next step SHOULD have been to cut out the gingerbread men BUT Ava was screaming and needed a diaper change. So we took care of that business before moving on.
Now, we were ready to cut out the cookies.
The first batch was ready to go in the oven. Don't mind my cookie sheet. I promise it's not dirty, it's just seasoned very well from the many batches of cookies that have been baked on it.
After the first batch Ava was tired of sitting in her little chair so she went to rest and watch a Hallmark movie with her Dad.
By the time the last batch was ready to go into the oven Ava had needed an outfit change, another diaper change and the pacifier put back in her mouth 238 times. Two hours later we finally had our last batch ready to go into the oven.
While the last batched baked I rocked her to sleep for a nap. I felt like I needed one too!
A few hours later we decorated the cookies and packaged them to give away to our friends. My husband made sure to taste test one or two of them. I told him to only try the ones who had a broken arm or leg. I slowly realized several of them were getting "broken" arms and legs so I had to kick him out of the kitchen.
I love these cookies but never found a recipe for them that I liked until now. You can find this recipe over on Sally's Baking Addiction Blog. I recommend reading all of her directions for the recipe before baking. She also uses a tablespoon of ginger. At first I thought what? But I did what she said and trusted her on it and needless to say I wasn't disappointed. They were really good.
This baking adventure was a success. Everyone loved their cookies and we created more family memories. This recipe will definitely be added to the recipe box.
Join me in my journey as a wife, new mom and a baker as I learn to balance all of life's aprons.