Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Ginger Shortbread Christmas Cookies

This is my first Christmas season clear across the country.  I hadn’t thought things would be much different, but I realized this morning that we’re only weeks away from Christmas and it doesn’t feel like it at all.  I’m sure part of it is the relative dearth of Christmas lights.  Sure people have lights up, they even shut our damn cable and internet off for two hours because they were stringing lights on the tower.  Really?  Perhaps it’s the weather, grey isn’t quite as Christmas as snow or cold weather.  While it’s a bit chilly, it’s not that crisp what-the-hell cold I’m used to.  I’ve decided I needed to do something about that; some Christmas cookies are in order then.

My mother used to make about 372 different types of Christmas cookies each year.  The height of my existence as a child when I was growing up was waking up Christmas morning and aside from all the great gifts, knowing that I could subsist on nothing but Christmas Cookies for the whole day and no one would say anything about it.  There were so many cookies I’m not sure anyone would have even noticed.  Gingerbread men, pfeffernusse, those thumb-print jelly cookies, peanut butter-Hersheys Kiss cookies, butter cookies, chocolate truffle cookies, sugar cookies….an endless list of different types of sugar goodness. Continue reading