Oak Grove Manor
1670 Crider Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44903
First published December 21, 2015
When she lived closer, she would make a gingerbread house with my oldest daughter every Christmas.
On the day we made the cookies, we didn’t have any brown sugar, and I didn’t feel like getting out of our jammies to run to the store to buy some, so instead, we made our own.
One tablespoon of molasses added to one cup of sugar makes homemade brown sugar in case you ever need some.
Ella got excited to make something from scratch that we usually buy at the grocery store.
The little things.
She said I should know all of this because “you are a photographer, mom”.
While she was making the dough, she asked me to tell her stories about her namesake, “Grandma Ella” and about how my grandma loved to bake. There is just something about listening to Christmas music, making cookies, and talking about memories.
I might be biased but I would say those are the best-darned gingerbread men I have seen in a long time.
I thought after working all morning and afternoon on these cookies she would be tired and ask me to finish up.
She forged ahead.
We used tube icing from the store but making your own is pretty simple too.
I find that any icing I make though turns out a bit runny so today I decided to use store-bought.
I already made my brown sugar so that was enough little house on the prairie for one day.
Little hands frosting cookies make me so happy.
Our gingerbread cookies!
Maybe you need to make some for yourself today too.
Head here for our favorite recipe.