One of my most beloved family traditions happens this weekend on Easter. I make giant GINGER BUNNY cookies and personalize them and then when the Easter Bunny comes, he places the cookies in each person's basket. In the morning as children search for their basket, these bunny cookies help them find the right one.
When my mother was a young mother and preparing for Easter, she wanted to go to See's Candies and buy a really nice chocolate egg for each child (personalized) my father told her "absolutely not" and so after feeling sorry for herself for a few hours, she devised a homemade alternative that has become a favorite memory for me and me sisters and is now being continued in our homes.
Here's my little cookie pattern, made from a brown paper grocery sack (just like mom's) I fold it up and tuck it into my recipe box every year. It's now got that great kitchen patina that is a combination of flour and shortning residue. I scanned the pattern and the recipe and printed them to include on a scrapbook page
Here's the Recipe for Ginger Bunnies:
1/2 C shortning
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C molassas
Cream together and add ...
1/4 C water
2 1/2 C flour
3/4 t salt
1/2 t soda
3/4 t ginger
1/4 t nutmeg
Chill dough for 2-3 hours or overnight and roll out to 1/4" thick. Lay pattern on top of dough and cut around it with a small, sharp knife. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Do NOT overbake. Let cookies cool and ice the tail and front ear and personalize with icing in a tube
I'm going to post the first layout I did about our ginger bunny tradition in a day or two. I'm also going to make a new page this year. I challenge you to do the same. Think about a tradition (doesn't have to be related to Easter) and take a few minutes to write down the story behind it. Be intentional about finding or taking some illustrative photos and make this story a part of your scrapbook history!