Nothing beats a home baked cookie!

Gingerbread Man - Something I always love to eat when I was a kid
@ahgong (10086)
Singapore
December 3, 2008 3:46am CST
Nothing beats a home bake cookie. That is what I always believe. And with Christmas just round the corner, I am sure there are a lot of baked goods to eat! But none can ever compare to the ones made fresh and made at home! Some how, they just taste better. For what reasons, I can never explain! I love ginger bread or ginger cookies. They are one of my favorites since I was little. It is a pity I do not have an oven now. Otherwise, I would whip up a batch of them to share with close family and friends! Maybe you can make them and share them with your family and friends. All you need are: 1 cup all-purpose white flour 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 tsp ground allspice 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp salt substitute 1/4 cup Splenda brown 1/4 cup dark molasses 1/4 cup Smucker's sugar-free syrup 2 tbsp Dannon Light n' Fit Vanilla yogurt 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce 1. Combine flours, allspice, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and salt well in a medium bowl. 2. In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon to beat molasses, syrup, Splenda brown, applesauce, and yogurt until well blended. 3. Pour the dry ingredients into the larger bowl and mix until a stiff dough forms. 4. Press the dough into a disc, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 30 minutes. 5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray 2 cookie sheets with non-stick spray. 6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Gather the dough scraps, re-roll, and keep making gingerbread men until all dough is used up. 7. Use a spatula to transfer cookies to cookie sheets, placing them 1-inch apart. 8. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until golden brown, rotating sheets halfway through to ensure even baking. Remove to wire racks and let cool completely. And if you have the time, preparing some icing to decorate them would be so much fun too! A project I am sure your family, especially the kids, will enjoy!
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
5 Dec 08
Yummy:) I used to bake cookies more when the kids were small, but I still do occasionally. I usually make enough so they can take to school as a snack . I am not very fond of gingerbread cookies, my favorite ones are butter cookies. But my kids love cookies in general. I will try this recipe, it's always nice to try something new :)
@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
9 Dec 08
I too love butter cookies. Throw in a bunch of coarse chocolate chips and you have a lovely cookie to go with milk! Put some jam on top and you get a fantastic tart! The butter cookie is a really versatile cookie to master. Once you master that, you can almost make anything out of it! From tarts to cookies to pies!
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
4 Dec 08
haha.. The ginger man is so cute.. I wonder will the cookie come out in the same way as the picture shows?? hehe ^_^ I have tried baking cookies b4, be it from ready made dough, or from scratch, i have tried it all.. And i agree that nothing beats the taste of Home baked cookie, because it's our own efforts.. lol =D Though it's tedious, and even if we do follow the instructions of how to bake as well as using the right amount of materials, but the taste wont come out as nice as we expected.. It's thru trial and error, and alot of trying b4 one can really bake the best cookie we have ever tried.. hehe ^_^ IS that so for u too? lol =D
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
9 Dec 08
Yep. I had a good teacher who taught me her tricks! And mum is one heck of a good teacher too when it comes to baking. We experimented a lot of recipes and managed to get a few to work just right for us. AND we have been baking and baking every festive season till I started working full time after graduation. Now, I rarely bake cookies or any other thing for the matter. Too tired after work to want to bake anything. :p
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@yokhon48 (93)
• Malaysia
4 Dec 08
Do you homemake your cookies for Christmas and other festive occasions. Oh ya, you mentioned you don't have an oven. so you can't. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
9 Dec 08
I used to do that before I moved into my new place. And I love to eat the cookies I baked too! In fact, my whole family enjoys them too! I really missed the days where I got the time to sit and bake and bake and bake! Now that I am working full time, I bake a lot less now.
@janisvg18 (183)
• Singapore
4 Dec 08
Aaw... i miss baking! We just moved to a new apartment & we don't have an oven now... I missed having freshly-baked cookies, or trying a new recipe! Thanks for sharing this recipe! maybe next time, when i'd be able to buy my own oven then i can make this too. :)
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
4 Dec 08
I thought I am the only one in this predicament! Well, till we get our ovens then eh? May you wish for an oven from santa this christmas then? And may you get your wish granted! Early season's greetings my friend!
• China
4 Dec 08
Thanks for sharing your delicious food. I will cook myself tonight. Hope i can do well.
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
4 Dec 08
Remember to take some pictures of your finished goods! Then post it here to share with us how you decorated them! It would be fun to see how different people shaped their cookies. And how they decorate them for the festive season. Looking forward to it my friend!
@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
4 Dec 08
I don't know if you can cook SO GREAT!! We can celebrate Christmas with new cookie recipes, i hopes tastes great
@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
4 Dec 08
Oh yeah, i love to cook. And I love to eat what I cook as well. That is why I am praying hard that I will recover in time to enjoy all the baking goods that will be available this coming festive season! IT is horrible to be falling sick now. Last year was the same as well. Sickening! It is turing out to become like a ritual!
@youless (87667)
• Guangzhou, China
4 Dec 08
Thanks for your recipe. I will try it when I have free time. As you know I like cooking. It's a pity that you don't have an oven. I hope you will earn more from Mylot and other websites so that you can buy an oven soon. You make very super dishes with the oven:) I love China
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
4 Dec 08
Yep, that is on my to-buy list. I am working towards that now. Once I get the other more priority stuff first. Then the oven will come next!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I make home-made cookies every year. Ginger bread cookies are definitely one kind that I always make! Sugar, chocolate chip, butter and oatmeal cookies are also on the list to make every holiday season. Your recipe sounds very interesting! I've never used yogurt or applesauce in mine. Yours sound so much healthier! I'm definitely going to try your recipe. Thanks so much for posting it here! When my kids were little, they would always help me bake cookies and cakes. They're both boys but that didn't matter. I wanted them to learn how to cook for themselves and they always enjoyed helping me so it worked out great. I've gotten all of my gift shopping finished now and am working on decorating outside. Once that is finished, I'll have the time to bake the cookies, cakes and breads I make every year. I'm so sorry to hear that you don't have an oven! It sounds like you are a wonderful cook, or should I say chef?
@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
4 Dec 08
ha ha ha ha ha... I would claim to be a wonderful cook. I only know how to cook a few dishes. And my family happen to enjoy those few dishes. I too took an interest in baking when my mum was experimenting with her baking skills many decades ago. SO I picked up a few pointers here and there. I love to bake. And I love to eat baked goods. So it is something I appreciated learning from mum when I help her out during her baking sessions. Like I said, I just moved into my new home a year ago. I have yet to figure out where to put the oven. On top of that, I am costantly at work now, so baking is a really rare thing to be able to do. Even during the festive seasons. I missed those days where I can spend the whole week doing nothing but baking and being surrounded by the sweet aroma of cookies and bread! Just thinking about it is making my mouth water!
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
I could not agree more! And the smell is one of the best there is. Along with the aroma of baking bread, baking cookie smell always brings home feelings of joy and immense hunger! The challenge though is having the patience to wait for them to cool before scoffing them all down! I donlt actually have an oven in the aprtment I am staying in, but if I did, I think that once in a while I would definitely have a go at baking something.
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@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
4 Dec 08
I so so agree with you! Most of the time, before the cookie can even be set on the table after it leaves the oven, we are scrambling to try and eat the first one! The sweet smells from the cookie is really alluring! And before it can even really cool, half of it is gone! Mum usually have to make an additional 40% in order to cater to our greedy hands!