The holiday crafting and baking season is a great time to bake! It’s amazing how quickly it arrives after Thanksgiving. And then, after that, the Christmas tree will be set up, and the menorah and kinara will be set out for the end-of-year festivities… just before the countdown to midnight on New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking for a crafting project that will tempt your taste buds and get you into the holiday state of mind, these gingerbread cookies are perfect! A warm, wintry craft combining family time with a tasty creation that can be preserved for years down the road.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • Sugar to sprinkle

If you make this into a family project, you may even want to create long-lasting keepsakes that you can hang around your home year after year.

How to Preserve Your Ornaments

To preserve the ornaments, make sure the cookies get good and stale (dried out), then add a coating of an oil-based lacquer. Once they’ve dried completely, gently package them for storage in a plastic, sealable container. Be sure not to let little ones take a bite at this point.

In the mood for more cookie baking? Try these: Melting Snowman Cookies and Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies.

For more tasty inspiration, check out the SweetAmbsCookies YouTube channel.