This post is sponsored by Milk Life, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is the traditions. When my husband and I started our family in 2013, we were adamant about creating long-lasting traditions for our family and our children. Traditions that our kids and grandkids would look forward to every year. We have three family traditions. The first is Zoo Lights. Every year, around the holidays, we go to our local zoo for their “Zoo Lights” event. It is magical. With Christmas lights and music, beautiful animals and a cup of hot cocoa. We look forward to it every year! Another tradition we have is every year on Christmas day, is to go to dinner at Denny’s and the movies afterward! It takes the stress out of cooking Christmas dinner and we always have such a good time – laughing and eating and enjoying the end of a great holiday season.
Our third (and my favorite) Christmas tradition is to bake gingerbread cookies as a family and decorate them together. And when we finish, we enjoy the cookies together with a large class of cold milk. Milk is the foundation of so many of our favorite recipes, including holiday favorites like these delicious gingerbread cookies. And when you pair them with a glass of wholesome, real dairy milk, it’s an easy and affordable way to help kids get the nutrients they need to grow up strong…even while they are enjoying Christmas traditions! I am so excited for my kids to look back on these memories in the future and cherish our family traditions.
Because it’s Christmastime and baking is a fun part of the season, I wanted to share our classic gingerbread cookie recipe! It’s a simple, yet delicious recipe that we never get tired of around the holidays. These gingerbread cookies are our go-to dessert for the holiday season and perfect when paired with a glass of milk!
Classic Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
Prep time: 45 minutes | Bake time: 10 minutes
What you need:
- 5 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup dark molasses
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
What to do:
- Beat the butter and sugar together until well combined.
- Beat in egg, molasses, and vinegar.
- Stir all of the dry ingredients in together.
- Blend dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Refrigerate the dough for 30-35 minutes and preheat the oven to 350.
- When the gingerbread dough is cold, roll it out and cut into shapes or roll into small balls.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes.
- Decorate and enjoy with an ice cold glass of milk!
When enjoying your gingerbread cookies as a family – don’t forget your ice cold glass of milk!