One thing that I enjoy about Yuletide is baking cookies. Cranberry-orange slices have already come & gone (lovely little butter cookie, but needs a stronger orange taste. Think that next year I will add a little orange juice.) Next up is my altered Lebuchen recipe. Can't remember where I got the original recipe from, but this is what I use. You can add ground nuts &/or 1/4 cup finely chopped citron, but as the grandchildren are appalled at the thought, I don't. I will cut stars & trees out of the dough tomorrow.
My Lebuchen: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup honey; 4 1/2 cups flour., 2 teaspoons orange or lemon rind, 1 tsp. cinnamon, rounded 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, rounded 1/2 tsp. ginger, scant 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, 1/2 tsp. salt; 2 tsps. baking soda dissolved in hot water; 4 eggs.
Melt sugar, butter, honey together until warmed. Remove from heat. Combine all dry ingredients & add honey mixture. Add eggs & baking soda. Mix well. Chill well overnight.
350F oven for 10-15 minutes. Once cool, may frost with confectioners'/icing sugar glaze.
For 'gingys' (grandchild speak for gingerbread people) I prefer Marthas' gingerbread cookie recipe. It makes 10 large gingys for me. It has a wonderful ginger bite :) This is what Santa will find waiting for him Christmas Eve. Likely minus being dipped in white chocolate.
My daughter complains every year that I bake too many cookies, but that's only because it isn't her idea! The grands don't complain one bit ;)