Christmas Eve Cookies in a Snap


It started when I was five. That was the year I stayed up all night listening for Santa & his reindeer. I imagine that it didn’t help that we had just read the book The Polar Express in school but either way, from then on I was obsessed with the holiday.

From Thanksgiving to the 26th of December I was wearing Christmas clothes (with those awful iron on and puffy paint – but I loved it at the time) and accessories (yes I had light bulb earrings, as well as wreath & jingle bell earrings). While my fire for the holiday doesn’t burn quiet as bright as it used to, I unexpectedly rekindled my love for the holiday through baking.

It was last year on Christmas Eve when a blizzard hit our home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stuck inside all day I got busy baking while Lily napped. I remember how Lily woke up just in time to help me with our Schaldenbrand family recipe for ginger snap cookies. It’s now our tradition to make these delicious cookies, mother & daughter, on Christmas Eve.

So take a break from the hustle & bustle and cozy on up with my family’s recipe for homemade happiness. Here’s what you’ll need;

1 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 1/2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees


Now that you’ve gathered your ingredients you’ll want to either use a mixer or a large bowl to cream together your brown sugar & butter.

Next you’ll want to add your eggs & molasses to your creamed brown sugar & butter.

In another bowl mix together your dry/remaining ingredients, then slowly incorporate them into your wet ingredients.

Now you’re ready to pull out your cookie sheet, line it with parchment paper or just grease it well, and get rollin’. You’ll want to roll your dough into 1-2 inch balls and then roll them in sugar.

Place your dough balls on your baking sheet and pop them in the oven for approximately 9 to 11 minutes (depending on how thick you made your cookies).
When the timer rings allow them to cool and serve with milk – & if you’re really nice – a carrot for the reindeer.

Happy Holidays!




  1. Mom says:

    I love these ginger cookies! And I LOVE that you and Lily are continuing such a fun tradition. I only wish I was there rolling dough with you guys! xxxooo

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