It’s a long, cold, never ending winter, with short days packed full of lots of ice and snow that we endure living here in Minnesota.

We invite you to stop in Totally Kids fun furniture & toys and warm up with a cup of hot spiced cider and ginger snaps.

Today I pulled out my grandmother’s recipe for ginger cookies. Never ever imagined that I would use her secret ingredient,  bacon drippings.  After taking a deep breath, I did it, actually added the bacon fat that was saved from all of our holiday brunches.  The ginger cookies are amazing, so delicious.  Not to worry bacon-fobes, the cookies served at Totally Kids are made by familiar little elves, not with Grandma’s recipe. Season’s drippings!

Grandma’s Ginger Cookies

3/4 cup bacon fat (bacon drippings)

1 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling the cookies

1/4 cup  dark molasses

1 large egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons  salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In bowl of electric mixer, cream together bacon fat and sugar. Beat in molasses and egg. Add remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly. Shape dough into walnut-size balls, roll in sugar, and flatten slightly with fingers on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown and cracked on top. Let cool on wire racks. Store in airtight container………….

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Mix Up Your Next Batch Of Cookies with this colorful wooden pretend mixer.

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Spice Up Your Life

or at least your pretend cooking with this pretend wooden spice rack will all the essential spices.