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SheSays' Favorite Things: Gingerbread

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Gingerbread is the only reason I keep three jars of molasses in the cupboard above my sink.

Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and molasses create a perfectly spiced flavor (and scent!) combination.

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Luckily for gingerbread lovers like me, all kinds of ginger-y treats pop up this time of year. Here are my favorites.

• Yankee Candle Gingerbread candle. I light one of these or place it on a candle warmer to fill the room with the sweet-and-spicy smell of warm gingerbread.

• My mom's homemade gingerbread cookies. When I visited my parents earlier this month, I put "make gingerbread cookies" at the top of my to-do list.

They've been a Willcox-Holt family tradition for as long as I can remember, but the recipe originally comes from a 1970s preschool activity book.

Gingerbread Cookies

Cream together:

½ cup shortening

½ cup molasses

¼ cup water

½ cup brown sugar

Sift together:

2½ cups flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

¾ teaspoon ginger

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon allspice

Add dry mix to wet and stir. Form into a ball and chill. Roll out and cut with cookie cutters. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and decorate with tube frosting.

• Burger King's Gingerbread Cookie Shake. For some, it might be sickeningly sweet, but for this sweet tooth, it's delicious. The gingerbread cookie crumbles on top are the best part.

There's also a sundae.

• Pepperidge Farm Gingerman. Their crunch makes these cute little ginger-men more like ginger snaps than the softer gingerbread cookies, but they're just as tasty.

• Bath & Body Works Iced Gingerbread Gentle Foaming Hand Soap. The lightweight foam leaves my hands soft and smelling like the holiday baking staple.

• Moxie Java's The Gingerbread Man. Made with espresso, steamed milk, gingerbread and spice flavors, and whipped cream. Also: Starbucks Gingerbread Latte.

• Philosophy's The Gingerbread Man Lip Shine. Philosophy makes shiny, shimmery, yummy-tasting lip gloss. The sheer color complements most skin tones.

• Nutmeg Nanny's Gingerbread Martini. The Hudson Valley, N.Y.-based food blogger turns gingerbread into a drinkable dessert with added Christmas "spirit."

Gingerbread Martini

Ingredients:

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur

½ ounce Kahlua liqueur

½ ounce gingerbread syrup (Torani or Monin,

or make your own)

½ scoop vanilla ice cream, semi-melted

For garnish:

whipped cream

nutmeg

Directions:

Combine all ingredients with ice in shaker. Shake until smooth and pour into chilled glass. Top with whipped cream and nutmeg.

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