Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gingerbread - gum drops optional

"And I had but one penny in the world
Thou should'st have it to buy gingerbread"
--William Shakespeare
Love's Labours Lost

Wow, that's some sweet tooth that Will had on him. I like gingerbread as well as the next gal but I usually don't think about it until December. For those who care about such things, there is much history of this little sweet out there waiting for the googling. One thing I didn't know was that in Germany long ago, only Gingerbread guilds could bake the precious Lebkuchen. Oh, those zany, organized Germans. The story of Hansel and Gretel also inspired the gingerbread houses that pop up this time of year.

So, what are we waiting for? Get those oven warmed up and make up a batch of your favorite Gingerbread recipe. Don't have a favorite recipe? Never fear, Martha is here with hers.


Lorraine said...

Exactly. Gingerbread cookies are my favorite Christmas cookie.

Anonymous said...

Me too me too! Even those store-baught bags of iced gingersnappy things. Oy! I just can't buy them. I will not put that damn bag down to save my life.

Melinda Zook said...

This is so funny. My dad just brought us Gingerbread cookies tonight. Usually I am not a fan but these look awesome. They have raisins for the buttons and my son said, "mommy, his buttons are wrinkled." Silly, since he has had raisins before but so cute.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, love yours so far.

Seattle Coffee Girl said...

I am super-nutty for gingerbread. BRING IT ON. Thanks for the recipe link, I'm fetching my cookie cutters...