Our office held a brilliantly conceived cookie exchange party the other week and for it I made a batch of gingerbread cookies in various shapes of the random cookie cutters I've collected over the years – including ducks, rabbits, hearts, stars, traditional gingerbread men, and the less traditional crazy weird shaped lady.
The great thing about a cookie exchange is that you walk away with just as much as you came in, and I certainly walked away with some exceptional yumminess. I can only hope mine were as worthy, but Jim, who ate the broken bits promises they are, so I am passing the recipe on to you.
I cook often, but baking is still slightly foreign and exciting to me. All the involved processes – like the kneading the dough and the fun bubbly chemical reaction that happens when you add baking soda to the batter, oh! and the decorating when they've all cooled off – were as entertaining for me and as eating and trading the end results.
If you aren't in the mood to bake, and I can understand – these did take more than a couple hours, Eleni's and Blackhound are a couple places around town where you can pick up the seasonal cookie (though I haven't tried these versions myself).