Gingerbread sticks recipe and gift ideas for the baker

With Christmas quickly approaching, I’m sure your
 schedules are filling with invites and hosting duties.
  
Today I wanted to share a super quick and easy recipe that
would not only be perfect to serve at your next get together, but
to give as a gift or even for those fun cookie exchange parties.
 
This is your traditional ginger bread cookie recipe, but made in a grown up way.

The dough is rolled a little thinner than your
traditional cookies and have a nice crispiness to them. 
 
Gingerbread Sticks Recipe
3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup molasses
¼ cup water
1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) softened butter
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1)   Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.
2)   In a separate bowl, mix molasses and water.
3)   Beat butter and brown sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. 
4)   Beat in molasses mixture, then dry ingredients to form a stiff dough, adding up to 1/4 cup extra flour if dough is sticky. 
5)   Quarter the dough, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm (can be refrigerated up to 1 week or frozen up to 1 month).
6)   Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. 
7)   Working with 1 portion of dough at a time on a heavily floured work surface, roll into a 9- by 7-inch rectangle. 
8)   Sprinkle dough with 1 tablespoon of sugar, and use the rolling pin to press sugar into dough. 
9)   Cut dough into approximately 9″ by 1/2″ sticks.
10) Place sticks about 1/2-inch apart on a parchment and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, rotating each sheet from back to front and switching rack positions after 10 minutes. 
11) Transfer to a wire rack; cool to room temperature (can be stored in a tin for 2 weeks).
 
I come from a family who loves to bake, as both my sisters and
my mom are master bakers. I on the other hand…not so much, but
it’s one of those things I really want to change in the new year.

I put together a list of beautiful items for those bakers and bakers to be in your life.
 These are all inspired by Macy’s cookware buying guide.
 

They are all so pretty, aren’t they? I can’t pick a favorite and would
love to have all them in my kitchen to get my new hobby started. :)  
 
Thank you so much for dropping by…I hope you have a beautiful day.

much love,

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