Every year I love to make cutout cookies to celebrate the holidays and give as gifts. Normally I stick to my foolproof sugar cookie recipe but this year I decided to add gingerbread to the mix. And I'm so glad I did! The dark molasses and spices from the gingerbread just scream Christmas to me.
I found a great gingerbread recipe from one of my favorite blogs, The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle. After an overnight chill in the fridge the dough is easy to roll out and cut. The baked gingerbread is firm but still soft, if that makes sense, and the royal icing complements the cookies so nicely.
My theme for holiday decorations this year was red and white, like a candy cane stripe. I decorated my tree with this scheme and all of my holiday baking and packaging followed suit. I hope my friends and family will love it as much as I do!