Cooking/Baking, Sweets

Gingerbread Cookies and a Showing

Gingerbread cookies are a must for fall.  I absolutely love the smell of cinnamon cooking in the house! Homemade cookies can totally sell a house right? 

We currently have our house up for sale.  It was up for 3 days and an offer was made.  So exciting, yet scary at the same time.  In the meantime, I began looking for a new home.  The inspection was done on our home and we were in the middle of deciding what we would have fixed.  Their due diligence was up in a matter of days.  Finally, we found a house that was going to be perfect.  So, we made an offer on the home.  Within 3 hours of signing, we received a message that the couple pulled out of the contract.  Mind you, this was the last day they could do so without a penalty.  Here we were having to make a decision.  

Fortunately, at this moment we are keeping the other house under contract with a contingency that we sell our home, but there is a kick-out clause that if someone wants the home, we have to decide what we want to do within 48 hours.  Ugh! Again, the house will have to be perfect every second of every day until we have a contract.  It’s life and it’s okay.

Time for an open house again and of course it’s Sunday.  Those of you that follow me know that Sunday is generally the day I make something sweet.  That’s when my sweet tooth seems to be the worse.  Of course, I decide to make cookies because fresh baked cookies smell so good.  This time, I opted for a fall type cookie – Gingerbread Cookies.  Ahh, the aroma of cinnamon, ginger and cloves wafting through the air.  

Luckily, I read the directions the night before, which I never do.  But, thankfully this time I did because the cookie dough needed to be refrigerated for several hours to keep it from sticking all over your hands.  I whipped up the cookie dough Saturday and waited until I came home from church to make the cookies.  Meanwhile, the kids are rushing through the house to make sure everything looks perfect.  Ok, I usually don’t blab like this, but, this time, there was a story behind the dessert.  

gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Cookies


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. butter-flavored crisco
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1 T. orange zest or 1 T. orange juice
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 3/4 t. ginger
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. cloves, ground


  1. Place crisco and sugar in mixer and cream. Add egg, molasses, and orange zest or juice and mix. In a separate bowl add dry ingredients, stir and slowly add to wet mixture. Wrap in saran wrap and place in fridge for several hours or overnight. Roll dough into balls and roll around in sugar. Place on cookie sheet and flatten with a cup. Bake at 350* for 9 min.
  2. Optional: Drizzle white chocolate on top of cookies.
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Don’t forget my trick I use when using crisco or peanut butter.  Remember this recipe here where I showed my helpful hint. It makes clean-up a little easier.  Also, I used orange juice instead of orange zest because I happened to have orange juice in the fridge. Next time, I will try it with orange zest and compare the difference.

gingerbread cookies

Now, I like to use crisco when making cookies because I like my cookies to be soft and fluffy.  If you’d like a flatter, crispier cookie then use butter. My house smelled so good.  Who wouldn’t want to buy a house that smelled of fresh baked cookies.  We also had the perfect weather yesterday here in Georgia.  There wasn’t any humidity and it was actually in the high 70s to low 80s.


gingerbread cookies

This was the perfect cookie for a perfect day.  Now, I’m hoping the offers will come rolling in.  Many of the cookies were gone when I returned.  So, I think it’s safe to say everyone who came to see my house enjoyed this little treat.  I might have eaten like 3 cookies.  Mind you, they are on the smaller side. Do you have a favorite gingerbread cookie recipe?  Any helpful tricks when trying to sell your home?  I’d love to hear them!  Until next time!



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