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Nanny’s Ginger Sparkles!!


It’s almost Christmas, and I leave tomorrow to fly out to Minneapolis for Raw and the Slammy’s (Special thanks inΒ advance toΒ Meghan FabulousΒ for my fancy dress!!) and I don’t get back home until Wednesday morning, family is flying here for Christmas, and Christmas Eve is on Thursday which means I gotta get my baking/ cooking the eff on!! (insert light panic sweating commencing) The good news is that I love to zone out in the kitchen and bake/ accidentally ingest approx. 1 million unnecessary calories. Hooray!!

image3So let me just say that my Nanny was the absolute best Nanny in the whole world. ‘Magic’ I would even say. She always looked amazing. Hair always done, outfit on point, and the prettiest skin you’ve ever seen. The best thing I got from her was quick wit and sharp tongue! Nanny was the sweetest, but if you messed with her or anyone in her brood – sayonara sucker. She would cut your ass down! When I was younger I would decipher between my paternal and maternal grandparents by calling Nanny and Grampy ‘Magic Nanny and Grampy” – simply because they would hide salt and pepper shakers behind their back and it blew my little baby brain outta the water! Sadly this is my family’s first christmas without her. To say that there’s a massive void is an understatement. So to try my best at doing justice to one of Nanny’s cookie recipes I present to you the Ginger Sparkle cookie!!




What you’ll need:

3/4 cup unsalted butter

2 cups Flour

1 tbsp ginger

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup dark molasses

What you’ll do:


Cream together the butter, sugar, eggs and molasses. In a separate bold mix together all of the dry ingredients.

Then slowly start to add the dry ingredients to the wet, but in 2 separate parts. Add about half of the dry mixture into the wet, once mixed, add in the rest of the dry ingredients.


If the mixture feels too wet, then add about a 1/2 cup more flour to thicken it. Then roll the dough into small balls in your hands, and roll in sugar to place on your cookie sheet – with parchment paper.


I pretty much want to just eat cookie dough always. I also don’t believe in salmonella. It’s for the weak minded. Also my stomach is like a cast iron skillet.

Alright bake those babies at 350 for 10-12 minutes. I took mine out at 11. Then let em cool on a tray, and then proceed to eat them all in one sitting while watching Garfield’s Christmas.


they flatten out more once they’re cooled.


Whoa, my first food post!! COOOOooooOOOOOoooooOllllLLL!!!! I’ll be baking more today so I’ll post em later. No need to bombard you right off the bat.

Hope I did Nanny’s cookies justice!






33 Comments on “Nanny’s Ginger Sparkles!!”

  1. They look great! This Christmas is my first Christmas without my grandmother as well. It’s harder than I expected. I think I’m going to try to get my mom and siblings to make these cookies with me! I hope you have a great Christmas with your family!! <3 <3

  2. Thanks for the recipe Renee, I should really try those cookies πŸ™‚ It would be also pretty good if you shared with us some good memories about your Nanny, she sounds really lovely β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯

  3. Makes me sad and happy to hear about mom or see her pics. She loved Christmas soooo much and even though she could not eat her baked goods (diabetic) she loved to bake for others. My heart will never stop aching for u mama

    Glad u are following in Nannies excitement for Christmas and all that comes with it honey!


  4. Nanny’s cookies look great! Now I issue you a challenge. Take a pic of your baked goods, post on Instagram, tag @foodnetwork using #BakeItForward and the Food Network will donate to No Kid Hungry. It’s for a great cause. Hope you do it!

      1. Thanks! I was seriously asking everyone and they were like “I don’t even know what those are.” I’m gonna try this recipe on Christmas eve. πŸ’š

  5. Those look delicious!! Definitely want to try them. Those measuring spoons are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! Any chances where you got them ships to Canada?

  6. Being from a huge Italian family making Christmas cookies is such a huge tradition I would love to share different recipes I have and learn some new ones if anyone is interested! I love how us women can share the same loves we all have!

  7. Good for you for honouring her in this way! I can’t even think of her without tearing up. P.s. your cookies look just like hers.

  8. Those look so good Renee! I have a recipe that I usually make when I have a party going on at my house and I would love to share it with you! It’s called Cheese Ball.
    Ingriedents: (Did I spell that right?!)
    2 blocks of cream cheese
    2 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
    1 packet of ranch dressing mix
    1 1/2 cups of chopped pecans (plain)
    Then once you have all your goodies;
    In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese until it’s soft.
    Combine the ranch packet and cheddar cheese with the cream cheese until it’s mixed good enough
    Roll the mixture into a ball and then roll into the chopped pecans. Cover the ball in saran wrap and refrigerate.
    Then take it out and bam! I usually use RITZ Crackers or Saltine but whatever floats your merry little boat.

  9. Made these tonight! These are absolutely some of the best cookies I have ever tasted. Sorry to hear about your grandma. She sounds like she was a great woman.

  10. Yup. This is totally happening. Maybe not for Christmas but definitely after. Or I’ll just eat the dough…but I always eat cookie dough. Thanks for sharing!

  11. They sound delicious. My mum and I are ginger crazy, might have to bake some of these. Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas together xx

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