In our home, Thanksgiving is all about celebrating with family, eating great food and for the most part, sticking with familiar and well loved family recipes. Today I'm excited to share two of our favorite recipes with you: Chewy Ginger Cookies and Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
I remember the day that I first had one of these Chewy Ginger Cookies over at my sister's house. I was amazed when she told me how simple the recipe was because I literally felt like I was eating the best cookie ever.
A few years have gone by and this Chewy Ginger Cookie is still a family favorite. I love how easy the recipe is and how the unbaked dough can be stored in the freezer, ready and waiting for when an unexpected visitor stops by.
Chewy Ginger Cookies:
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup (2 sticks) I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 tablespoons baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
Sift together flour, cocoa powder, and spices into a medium bowl. Put the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and brown sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in molasses.
Beat in flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the baking soda mixture. Shape dough into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, and roll in granulated sugar. Space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake until surfaces crack slightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets, 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and cool completely.
Now, let's switch gears and talk about one of the most loved and popular Thanksgiving dishes: mashed potatoes. Until about 8 years ago, my family always served mashed potatoes that honestly could have used a bit more flavor. Alright, I'll be honest, the mashed potatoes were boring, blah, and not very good.
My sister and I got older, married our husband's and started realizing that not everyone has boring mashed potatoes at their Thanksgiving dinner. When Thanksgiving came, we were able to bring our own dishes to share and I'll never forget the time we volunteered to make the mashed potatoes. Hello, flavor, seasonings and garlic! Where have you been all my life? Everyone loved them except for my Grandma but, majority won and to this day, our family is loving these Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
6 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves fresh minced garlic
3 tablespoons sour cream
3 tablespoons cream cheese
3 tablespoons whole milk
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium saucepan, cook the potatoes in salted water until very tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan. Add the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spread, garlic, sour cream and cream cheese. Mash with a potato masher until the ingredients are well blended. Add the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.