Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sailing Snacks

I love going sailing on a sunny Sunday afternoon and while I am may not be the most knowledgeable sailor in board the boat, I do have a very important job. I am the snack-tician. 

A tactician plans the course of the race and it's their job to anticipate any problems that might arise. A snack-tician's role is even more important because it is their job to plan out snacks prior to the leisurely sail and ensure that there are enough goodies to enjoy for the entirety of the sail. 

But what makes the perfect snacks for sailing? That's a tough question. It needs to be finger food so it can gobbled up quickly. And it needs to be clean because where you put the napkins on the boat? And really, my stomach gets upset on a boat so having something to comfort it wouldn't hurt. 

That's when I had the perfect idea, gingerbread cookies, shaped like sailboats for a little extra cuteness.  They're finger food, clean, and the ginger would help anyone's stomach if needed. 

Gingerbread Cookies - makes about 12 large and 12 small cookies

1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup fancy molasses

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Sift dry ingredients in one bowl and cream butter and sugar in another bowl. Add the egg and the molasses to the bowl with the butter and then gradually add in the the flour mixture mixture.

3. Roll the dough to a quarter inch thickness and cut out sailboat shapes - or whatever shapes you like. 

4. Bake for about 8 minutes and let cool before you frost the sails white.

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