So, I live in the desert. Snow doesn’t really happen here. My iPhone’s weather app promised me snow on Christmas day, but I assure you that did not happen. Instead, the skies were blue and sunny and I didn’t wear a coat all day. I don’t know what you think, but cold weather and snow just scream Christmas to me. I hoped and wished and prayed for a snowy Christmas, but I didn’t get what I dreamed for.
But you know, my Christmas was still dreamy. My husband and I jumped from house to house over the span of 4 days and visited with friends and family. We enjoyed sweet moments giving and receiving gifts, listening to Christmas music next to the fire, and eating delicious Christmas food. Instead of feeling rushed and nervous about visiting so many families this holiday season, my husband and I chose to truly enjoy the company and the time because life is all about savoring the moments.
It’s so easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. The holidays are often busy and rushed. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to ever forget the true meaning and joy of Christmas. It’s about celebrating the birth of Jesus with those we love. It’s not all about gifts and fancy Christmas decorations. It’s not about impressing people or even your traditions. I never want to forget that Christmas is about the One who gave the Ultimate gift and who wants us to savor the moments.
With that said, my husband and I chose to be simple this Christmas. Since we have such a huge family, we decided to get creative with gifts this year so we could keep to our budget and not get consumed with the idea of big gifts. My husband spent hours creating thoughtful origami with hidden notes for his family, and I spent hours in the kitchen making cookies and other goodies. Homemade gifts are always more heartwarming and special, don’t you think?
Out of my kitchen came these rich molasses and white chocolate cookies. While baking these cookies my house smelt like a cozy gingerbread candle! These cookies have a perfect balance of spice from the ginger and sweetness from the white chocolate. These frosted molasses cookies instantly became a holiday favorite as my husband and I cozied up by our Christmas tree and ate a few (okay, more than a few!) with hot tea.
I hope you enjoy making these holiday cookies, and please let me know how you get creative with Christmas gifts and stick to a budget!
Lots of love,
- 2 c. whole wheat flour
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1/3 c. molasses (my favorite-Grandma's Original Molasses All Natural, Unsulphured - 12oz)
- 1/2 stick butter (softened)
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon cloves
- extra sugar for coating
- baking white chocolate (I use this- Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Chocolate Bar, 4 Oz)
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, salt, and spices.
- Set aside and get a larger mixing bowl.
- Gently beat the brown sugar and butter until nice and fluffy. About 2 minutes.
- Next, add the egg and molasses. Beat until well blended. Don't over mix.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to wet ingredients in 2 batches.
- Refrigerate batter for 1 hour.
- After the dough is chilled, roll into one inch balls and roll in sugar.
- Place the dough balls 2 inches apart on cookie baking sheet.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 7 minutes for soft and chewy cookies.
- Once cookies have cooled, melt the white chocolate and dip half the cookie (or the whole thing!) in the melted white chocolate.
- White chocolate perfectly compliments the sweet and spice found in this molasses holiday cookie! Don't over bake these cookies, they will be a little doughy when you take them out of the oven. These holiday cookies are meant to be soft and chewy.