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Groundhog Cookies

As I’m sure you know, Groundhog Day is a holiday that falls on February 2nd of every year.  Originating in European weather lore, it’s tradition began among Pennsylvania Germans and has been celebrated in the US since the mid-1800’s.  In fact, Pennsylvania holds the largest Groundhog Day Celebration in the world.  As you know, the tradition holds that if the groundhog sees his shadow winter will stretch out, but if he doesn’t Spring will move in.  According to my recollection the groundhog lied in 2013, and we in the Midwest were slammed with a Springtime Snowstorm.  Back in 2012, Punxsutawney Phil got Punked when his rival, Staten Island Chuck, predicted an early Spring but Phil called for more Winter.  We broke out the sidewalk chalk and celebrated the prognosticating rodents misfortune.  This year, we’re planning to celebrate with Groundhog Cookies, regardless of the prediction and who gets it wrong or right.  After all, they are just rodents—you can’t REALLY expect them to get the forecast right when many meteorologists fail to do just that.

Okay, back to the Groundhog Cookies.  As I’ve mentioned, we’re looking at holidays and cultures this year, and I thought a Groundhog Cookie would be the perfect ode to our little friends.  groundhog cookie

After all, what’s a holiday without some seriously cute cookies?  Right?  You’ll have to pardon the penchant for puffing on my own party horn, but that is one stinkin cute cookie!  It’s not often that I impress myself, but when I do, I really do.  LOL.

I used my favorite Gingersnaps recipe for the cookie.  I typically roll my cookie dough into one inch balls, but this cutie was made with a two inch ball that I flattened with a glass that had been dipped in Stevia. 

Groundhog Cookies

Rating: 51

Ingredients

    For the Gingersnaps
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup stevia
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, ground
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • stevia to top cookies with
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract *optional
  • For Decorating the Cookies with
  • Your favorite icing
  • cocoa powder
  • piping bags
  • black gel writer

Instructions

    For the Gingersnaps
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda, and spices.
  • Using your stand mixer, cream butter and stevia.
  • Add egg and molasses, blend well.
  • Gradually add dry mix to creamed mixture, blending well. Set aside.
  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
  • Using the edge of a glass, dipped in stevia, lightly flatten the ball.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 12 minutes, until the edges are set but centers are soft.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for one minute before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
  • Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies.
  • To make the Gingersnaps into Groundhogs
  • add 1 teaspoon unsweeted cocoa powder to 4 tablespoons of your favorite icing to color it brown.
  • Hold some white icing in reserve for the eyes.
  • Use white icing or almond slivers for teeth.
  • Use a black cookie writer for the nose and pupils

Notes

You can use sugar, in the place of the Stevia, but we use Stevia for everything.

http://thatbaldchick.com/groundhog-cookies/

I like my Gingers cookies to be chewy.  Maybe they should be called Gingerchews, instead of Gingersnaps, because if they snap they’ve been in the oven way too long! LOL

As the recipe states, the 1 inch cookies bake up in 8-12 minutes, depending on your oven.  The two inch cookie that is shown in the photo took about thirteen and a half minutes to bake.  The rest of the cookies I made were the one inch and they baked in ten for me.

Store your cookies in airtight container for up to a week at room temperature or in the freezer for a month. That is, if you don’t have little cookie monsters in your house.

Don’t have enough time to bake up your own?  Just grab a pack of ginger or molasses cookies from the grocery and decorate them.

 

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.

Comments

  1. Those are adorable!! My four year old would go nuts! Bookmarked!

  2. Oh my goodness! Those are sooo stinkin cute!

  3. That is a great idea. Very cute!

  4. I love the cookie! Educational and delicious 🙂

  5. those are SO adorable!!!!!!!!!! I am pinning!

  6. These are so cute! Pinned! Perfect for work and school treats!

  7. Awww! How cute! I love that they’re made with gingersnaps – especially since I’ve been craving those recently! Pinned for later!!!! 😀

  8. These are absolutely adorable!! Love them and so would my kids!

  9. How cute are these? My kids would love to help make these!

  10. Oh my goodness, those are just adorable… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cheeks

  11. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    So cute! The damn groundhog better predict an early spring this year. I’ve had enough of this winter!

  12. Those cookies are so cute. Perfect for a little pick me up if the groundhog calls for more winter!

  13. Those are so cute!

  14. For your sake, I hope the groundhog says spring is just around the corner! Maybe a batch of these delicious cookies will help make the right decision!!

  15. I am going to make these for my students in my class!! So cute! Thanks for sharing!!

  16. Now aren’t these the cutest! So darn clever!

  17. these are SO flipping adorable. i love them

  18. You need to keep tooting your horn! These cookies are too darn cute! I didn’t realize groundhogs day was coming so soon. I need to get in the kitchen and make some of these!

  19. These are so adorable. Totally gonna have to make these with the kids.

  20. HA! These are just adorable!

  21. Okay, those are almost too cute to eat! I did say “almost”. 🙂

  22. This is a big day for us here in PA! I’ll need to make these with the kids and teach them what the day is all about.

  23. I can just imagine the giggles that would erupt from my 4 year old over these! SO adorable!!

  24. That is too cute. My kids would enjoy not only making this but eating it as well. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  25. I love the background history and cookie recipe! Very cool post. 🙂

  26. Maybe if we all make these adorable cookies then we will get an early spring. Fingers crossed because this year has been brutal.

  27. How adorable!! Wow, Groundhog Day is just around the corner. It’s hard to believe since this Winter has been so brutal. Can’t wait to hear what the Groundhog has to say.

  28. Those are too stinking cute! I love the chubby cheeks!

  29. so cute and so simple. hope you come by and share on #kidsinthekitchen this week lookwhatmomfound.com/2014/01/homemade-baked-soft-pretzels-kidsinthekitchen.html

  30. These are so cute … and chewy cookies are the best!

  31. Those are so cute!

  32. You are absolutely right, these are so cute! My kids will go crazy for these 🙂

  33. It’s kind of ridiculous how cute those are! {In a very good way!}

  34. These are so darn cute

  35. I love Groundhog Day. I’m wishing for an early Spring this year!

  36. Amy Orvin says:

    These cookies are so precious! I love them.

  37. Awww they are so cute! I’ll have to make them next year for the kiddos.

  38. looks so cute!