Monday, December 3, 2018

Holiday Baking

Get Ready For 

TOP Places to Find Free or Discounted Cookies
Cinnabon – will have a new cookie out for sale. The Cookie BonBite on 12/4.
Coolhaus – free cookie with purchase December 4
DoubleTree – will be giving out free cookies starting December 13 through until Dec. 24.
Great American Cookies – free cookie for National Cookie Day + something extra
Insomnia Cookies – get a free cookie with purchase on December 4
Kwik Trip – Kwik Club members can get free cookie with purchase December 4
Mrs. Fields – free cookie to the first 400 customers to arrive at each store. They will also have an online deal for National Cookie Day, offering 40% off a selection of items. December 4
Quizno – free oven-roasted cookie with purchase December 4
Toll House Cafe – will offer a free regular cookie, one per visitor, on National Cookie Day, December 4
Whole Foods – will offer a discount of 50% off everything at the store’s cookie bar on December 4.
YesWay – BOGO deal for National Cookie Day on December 4.

  • December 4, 1987, was the first time that National Cookie Day was celebrated.
  • 70% of Americans eat cookies at least once a week.
  • 33% of Americans prefer the raw cookie dough over baked cookies
  • 1 in 3 Americans has eaten a whole box of cookies in a sitting.
  • Americans will eat about 35,000 cookies in their lifetime.
This cookie recipe remains one of my top favorites
Joan's Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps
Cook's notes: Recipe makes 2 dozen and do not know why it is called Joan's but a thank you to Thomas for this recipe.

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 2-1/4 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 
  • Pinch(dash) nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup coarse sugar for rolling dough balls
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone pad.
  • In a bowl mix flour, soda and spices.
  • In another bowl beat butter, brown sugar, egg and molasses.
  • Combine both mixtures, blend well, cover and chill in freezer for 45 minutes. 
  • Roll dough into 1-1/2 inch balls and then roll balls in sugar
  • Place dough balls on baking sheet, flour bottom of a glass and slightly flatten each dough ball with glass bottom.
  • Sprinkle each cookie with a little more sugar and bake cookies about 9-10 minutes.
  • Cool cookies on a wire rack.


  1. National Cookie sweet is that? Looks like I will need to stop at Kwik Trip tomorrow.

    Every Christmas I bake gingersnaps for my mom as they are one of her favorite cookies. I also bake gingersnaps for bake sales at my church and they are snapped up immediately. There's something about this old-fashioned cookie that people seem to love. A friend just told me HyVee sells Saigon cinnamon so now I have a local source. You have convinced me I need to try it.

    Have you seen the book The Great Minnesota Cookie Book?

  2. no I have not read it but did see it at a store-should check it out


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