Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday of the year,
for a myriad of reasons.
One of those is my annual "Gal Pals ONLY Christmas Party".
Last year's was a resounding success,
(NOTE: No, mySamuelson was not in attendance- remember, NO testosterone! ;) This pic was taken at the end of the night- minus a few who had to leave early- just in time for him to photo bomb after returning from a movie with Dad.)
with a whole lotta smiles
and much laughter.
Per the party's tradition, attire was casual.
And the Ornament Exchange a barrel of fun.
You know what, though?
Somehow nobody got a picture of the spread of cookies from our Cookie Exchange!!
Than again, they didn't grace the table all that long. ;)
With being such a pretty cookie, as well as one of mine and mySamuelson's faves, it demands its turn in the spotlight.
Apple Cider Ginger Cookies
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ t salt
1 T ground ginger
2 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1 t ground allspice
1 t ground cloves
1 large egg
1 t vanilla extract
1/3 cup apple butter
1 ¼ cups packed dark brown sugar
12 T (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger,
allspice, and cloves; set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and
brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 min. Add egg, vanilla, and
apple butter and mix until just combined. Stir in the flour mixture in two
batches, beating each addition on low speed until just incorporated; cover
and refrigerate dough for 1 hr.
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with
parchment. Form chilled dough into 2-tablespoon-size balls (you can use
a 1 ½-inch cookie scoop), then roll in the red sugar to coat. Place balls on
prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly browned around
the edges, 10-12 min. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 min; transfer to a
wire rack to cool completely. Store at room temperature up to 1 week.
Yields: 3 1/2 dozen