Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies

As if to welcome me home for the holidays, our plane from tropical Vietnam touched down in the middle of a Wisconsin snowstorm. I woke this morning to tree branches glittering with white powder, neighbors’ homes aglow with lights, and a fierce craving for Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies.

PERFECT Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies. Dark chocolate and fresh ginger make this the BEST old fashioned gingersnap cookie! Must make for Christmas cookie trays or anytime you need a special treat. Recipe at | @wellplated

I probably should have spent yesterday doing responsible, adult-like activities such as unpacking my suitcase or sorting mail, but with the snow falling, the lights twinkling, and our central heating system still lagging after its weeks of dormancy, the pull of the oven was fierce. When I opened an email from Diane (Hi, Diane!) requesting “an amazing cookie recipe to bring to a cookie exchange next week,” I considered it a directive from the universe. Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies were meant to be, and they were meant to be right now.

Easy Crockpot Lasagna Soup. Tastes just like lasagna, without all the layering or dishes! A healthy slow cooker vegetarian soup that your whole family will love. Simple and gluten free. Recipe at | @wellplated

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

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Frosted Orange Cookies with Cranberries. MELT IN YOUR MOUTH. Super soft and easy to make! Perfect for Christmas or anytime you want to bake. Recipe at | @wellplated

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