Christmas Cookies from The Garver House Kitchen

It is hard to believe it is December when the weather reaches the 60’s and I can wear a sweater to go to the grocery store or orchard.  December 3rd only 22 days until Christmas, it is time to start the holiday baking.  My favorite Christmas cookie is ginger bread.  Back in the day when our church had a cookie sale every December I was lucky to get this tasty and simple ginger cookie recipe from one of the women in church who donated these for our sale each year.  Thank you Shirley for your recipe that I have added to my Christmas cookie collection.

Williamsburg Ginger Cookies

Beat together:  3/4 cup canola oil,  1/4 cup dark molasses,  1 cup sugar,  1 egg.

Add to above mixture:  2 cups flour,  2 teaspoons baking soda,  1/2 teaspoons salt,  1/2 teaspoon ground cloves,  1/2 teaspoon ground ginger,  1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup raisins (optional).

Chill dough-  Roll into 1 inch sized balls and then roll ball in sugar.  Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.  Makes about 5 dozen cookies.


This second cookie recipe came from my mother-in-law Wanda Cline.  The best mother-in-law anyone could ask for.  Wanda always had homemade cookies on hand when the grandchildren came to visit her!  Wanda is no longer with us she passed away several years ago at the age of 93!  I can only hope to live into my nineties.

Amish Sugar Cookies.

For this cookie you will need a special tool that you may have on hand if you sew a lot, if not ask someone that sews.  You need a plastic spool of thread minus the thread.  Take the paper off the end of the spool and you will see a flower type design, this is your new cookie press.

Mix together:  1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, 1/2 cup margarine, 1/2 cup canola oil, 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Add to sugar mixture:  1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour.

Roll dough into small balls about 1 inch in size and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Take your empty spool of thread and dip the end in flour than press down the dough slightly to make a flower type impression.  Sprinkle tops of cookies with colored sugar.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on bottom.  Makes 4-5 dozen cookies.

 I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family has over the years.  Stay tuned for two more recipes next week.  I am going to try two new recipes I just discovered to see if they are worthy of my Christmas cookie file.

The picture is of the ginger cookies and Amish sugar cookies along with some homemade fudge.  Happy baking…

Christmas cookies

Williamsburg Ginger Cookies and Amish Sugar Cookies

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