Monday, November 17, 2008

Manic Monday.....and some yummilicious cookies

Manic Monday is hosted by the talented fleur-de-lisa

Do you believe people are basically good? I like to think they are....but then again, look at history. There are definitely some evil people.

If you could change the custom of shaking hands, what would you replace it with? Let's go for the thumbs up. No contact, no germs transferred, no desire to run and squirt a bit of Purell into my palm.

What is something that you enjoy that is a chore for most other people? Cleaning...ironing. Yes, it is a sickness.

With the holiday season soon to be in full gear, we decided to start making some cookies instead of muffins. These cookies are so soft and chewy! I normally do not like molasses, but in this recipe it works!

Amish Ginger Cookies

3/4 c. butter, softened
1 c. granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 c. molasses
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour (we use 1 1/2 c whole wheat, 1 c. all-purpose)
1 t. ground ginger
1 t. ground cloves
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 t. baking soda
extra granulated sugar

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and molasses, beat until combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. ( I use the smallest Pampered Chef scoop.) Roll in the extra sugar. Place the balls on ungreased cookie sheets. (We smooched them just a bit to flatten them.) Bake 5-7 min. (Ours took 9 minutes.) until barely turning brown. Cool for 1 minute on baking sheet and them remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Or just pop a warm one in your mouth! Oh yeah, they are that good!

Plate and share with friends and neighbors.


Brandt! said...

I am soooo with you on the handshake thing! I hate shaking hands ... GERMS!! Augh!! I think thumbs up and a "DUUUDE!" would be appropriate!

lisagh said...

I'm a big fan of the Howie Mandel fist bump!

Ashlee and Carey said...

I am just astounded that you didn't say that you wanted everyone to hug you! I know how much you like people in your personal space! LOL! I did know how to get a hug out of you though...four or five Corona's and you were the hugging queen! LOLOL!

Jen said...

Great thought provoking questions! I think most people are basically good, but of course like you say there are always the outliers that are just crazy-evil.

avtcoach said...

Yummy! I love ginger cookies! Thanks for sharing!

Joanna said...

Oh I am liking the thumbs up or the fist bump. Wait that's still touching. Let's stick with thumbs up.

Janet said...

Those are my favorite cookies for Christmas :-)

gina said...

i like the fist bump or pat on the back- I hate shaking hands!!

those cookies look YUMMY!!And I bet they make the house smell so good!!:)

Monogram Queen said...

Oh yum I bet they are! I bought some Ginger Cookie Straws at Ta*rget this week-end!

CC said...

yum, yum, yum! And since my husband doesn't love ginger... more for me!

amariaf2000 said...

Will you please eat 2 or 10 of those cookies on my behalf? Those look delish! Thanks! :-)

TavoLini said...

mmm those cookies look great! I'm with you on handshaking--of course I work in a library so I'm confronted with hundreds of peoples germs everyday! Just keep the sanitizer nearby ;)

Janet said...

This is very similar to the recipe I use, except it calls for 1 cup of butter or shortening,2 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp of ginger, 1 tbls of baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt.