Duggars may have some rather unusual holiday traditions – like no Santa Claus and singing Jesus to Jesus – but that does not mean they do not know how to get into the Christmas spirit. They even exchange gifts (and no, children do not need to buy a gift for each of their siblings) and get together as a family. And they definitely like to eat sweets and share their homemade treats with others.
This year, Jinger Duggar shared a delicious recipe for Christmas cookies with his followers on Instagram.
Jinger's Gingerbread Cookies
Appropriately, Jinger has a taste for gingerbread. After doing some research online, she discovered the perfect recipe for spicy and sweet cookies.
"There's no better way to fill the house than with the scent of freshly baked cookies," she wrote. "After a bit of research online, I landed on those gingerbread cookies … They got super hot, so I thought I'd share the recipe!"
Here is the recipe if you want to try the cookies:
- 2¼ cups whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¾ cup of softened butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- ¼ cup of molasses
- 4 tablespoons white sugar, for coating
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar. Then hit the egg. Add water and molasses and stir.
Gradually mix the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients until they are fully combined.
Turn the dough into balls, each about the size of a walnut. Put the 4 tablespoons of sugar in a shallow dish, then wrap each ball of dough in the sugar. Put the cookies on an unngreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Other Christmas recipes from the Duggar family
Over the years, the Duggars have shared some other vacation recipes. Last year, the family shared their recipe for their chocolate Christmas cookies on their blog.
Jessa also shared Mother Michelle's recipe for super-easy sugar cookies on Instagram.
Christmas Traditions of the Duggar Family
In addition to making sweets, Duggars have other holiday traditions. A large crib occupies the center of its Christmas decorations, along with banners wishing Jesus a happy birthday. Siblings change names for gifts, and Jim Bob and Michelle also buy gifts for the kids, they explained to Focus on the Family. They also usually make missionary trips before the Christmas holiday.
"This was probably one of the best things we've ever done for our kids," Michelle wrote in a TLC blog post. "Teach them to give to others. When they come back from these mission trips before Christmas, I often hear them saying, "Mother, I do not even think I want to go shopping for Christmas. I do not want anything. I have no need.