Old-Fashioned Molasses Spice Cookies and Letters to Santa

Old-Fashioned Molasses Spice Cookies

by Holly on December 8, 2012

Today I was lucky enough to join a few other local bloggers and enjoy a lovely brunch while we wrote our letters to Santa to deliver to Santa’s mailbox at one of our local Macy’s locations. Incidentally, if you want to see the world’s most famous Santa here in Salt Lake (or one of the other locations on their tour across the country) the day is TOMORROW, December 9th at Valley Fair Mall.

There is a full schedule of Santa’s tour across the country, as well as all the links you need to learn more about how you can help with the Make A Wish Foundation and Macy’s Believe! campaign.

We had such a fun time making and decorating our letters to Santa and dropping them off at Macy’s in Santa’s mailbox. Even Kayla got in on writing to Santa this year (ok, coloring, but seriously, Santa knows what she wants anyway, right!?).

Why drop our letters off at Macy’s you may ask? Simple. We may deal with a lot of crazy health problems and scares, and other issues in our little family, but believe me, we know how lucky we are.

We also know that not everyone is as blessed as us. We are happy to help any way we can.

Once again this year as a part of their Believe campaign, Macy’s is collecting letters and will donate $1 per letter to the Make A Wish Foundation UP TO $1 MILLION to help kids who really need it have their wish come true.

Personally I think this is one of the most amazing, charitable, easy fundraising campaigns anyone does throughout the entire year. It couldn’t be easier and they’ve provided so many fun tools to help things along. There are letter templates, stationaries, you can create the letter online and there is even information for classrooms to work on this in schools to help out.

In fact, I had mentioned to Aidan that we would be doing this activity this morning and he’s been looking forward to it all week. Then on Thursday he came home and starting telling me all about how the 6th graders at his school came in to the classrooms to teach the other kids about the Make A Wish Foundation and this campaign. I love that his charter school is service learning oriented and that he came home even more excited to go write our letters this morning. In case you want to know how the letter writing is going, they keep a running total on the website that you can see too. So far they are only about just halfway over the goal so help is still definitely needed!

So, please get your letter writing skills on and check out that Santa tour list to see when you can see Santa at Macy’s, or just make sure you get your letters delivered to the mailbox at Macy’s. It’s such an easy way to help a wonderful cause! Find all the details HERE.

Next Friday, December 14th is also Macy’s National Believe Day. It’s going to be fun! You can check back in to find out what wishes are being granted and even watch Macy’s special, Yes, Virginia. I know what holiday show the kids and I will be enjoying for next week’s movie night!

As for these cookies, they are just lightly spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice and are a bit on the soft and chewy side, just like we like them. They aren’t too spicy for the kids and I absolutely adore the texture from combining brown sugar and molasses in the dough. These are Aidan’s favorite cookie, and a personal favorite of mine as well. For this recipe I decided to try out a recipe from the new Dahlia Bakery Cookbook (which is absolutely fabulous and would make a great gift for any bakers in your life). My changes were mainly in the sugar and spice department. The original cookie uses fresh ginger and no allspice, brown sugar or vanilla – all things I just can’t resist adding. I’m sure the original is wonderful as is, but I know my kids don’t always love the kick of fresh ginger. These spice cookies just sing of the holidays for me. Enjoy!

We’ve been having a wonderful time keeping our holiday season service oriented too. In fact, these cookies were my contribution to a little cookie exchange I attended last weekend with the kids. You can find out more about that cookie exchange, hosted by Carrian, and get some more tips and ideas from Krista too.

I’ll bet Santa would appreciate a plate of these cookies on Christmas Eve. Just sayin’.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Holiday Campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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Betty December 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

It’s not Christmas ’til the ginger cookies are made! I know these will disappear as quickly as I can make them- soft and chewy is just like we love them too. 🙂

carrian December 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Thank you, I adore you, I love your posts, and oh my gosh those were good. I really meant everything I said too! Love you!

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