Jinger Duggar Reveals Her Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

The Duggars might have some slightly unusual holiday traditions – like no Santa and singing happy birthday to Jesus – but that doesn’t mean that they don’t know how to get in the Christmas spirit. They still exchange gifts (and no, the kids don’t have to buy a present for every one of their siblings) and get together as a family. And they definitely enjoy chowing down on holiday treats and sharing their home-baked goodies with others.

This year, Jinger Duggar shared a delicious-looking Christmas cookie recipe with her followers on Instagram.

Jinger’s gingerbread cookies

Appropriately enough, Jinger has a taste for gingerbread. After doing some research online, she discovered the perfect recipe for the spicy-sweet cookies.

“There’s no better way to fill the house than with the aroma of freshly baked cookies,” she wrote. “After a bit of research online, I landed on these gingerbread cookies … They turned out super yummy, so I thought I’d share the recipe!”

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try the cookies yourself:

  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar, for coating

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients, then set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar. Then beat in the egg. Add the water and molasses and stir.

Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until fully combined.

Shape the dough into balls, each about the size of a walnut. Place the 4 tablespoons of sugar in a shallow dish, then roll each ball of dough in the sugar. Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Other Duggar family Christmas recipes

Over the years, the Duggars have shared a few other holiday recipes. Last year, the family shared their recipe for their chocolatey Christmas Crinkle Cookies on their blog.

Jessa also shared mom Michelle’s recipe for super-easy sugar cut-out cookies on Instagram.

Duggar family Christmas traditions

In addition baking up sweet treats, the Duggars have some other holiday traditions. A large nativity scene takes center stage among their holiday decorations, along with banners wishing Jesus a happy birthday. Siblings exchange names for gift-giving, and Jim Bob and Michelle also buy presents for the kids, they explained to Focus on the Family. They also often do mission trips before the Christmas holiday.

“That has been probably one of the best things we’ve ever done for our children,” Michelle wrote in a blog post for TLC. “It teaches them about giving to others. When they come back from those mission trips right before Christmas, I’ve often heard them say, “Mom, I just don’t even think I want to go Christmas shopping. I don’t want anything. I have no needs.”

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