‘Santa’ still requires cookies in this house! He deserves them, and these Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies are currently my, I mean, his favorite!
My kids are 19, 16 and 13 but late at night making sure everything is perfectly placed under the tree
I he appreciates the snack! We change it up every year depending on ‘Santa’s’ current tastes and this year this Gingerbread Sandwich Cookie is going to be a huge hit and they are super simple because I used Pillsbury Gingerbread Dough!
Santa cookies and checking livestock are two traditions in this house on Christmas Eve that are my favorite.
A long time ago I read somewhere that at midnight on Christmas Eve all animals can talk. It was a fairly random quote not attached to any story or explanation. But I loved it, the thought and the possibility.
Realistically I knew this wasn’t possible but the concept intrigued me as well as the thought that there must be a story to go with it. After some research I found that it is a Norwegian folktale.
According to the legend, Christ’s birth occurred at exactly midnight. Inside the stable the animals watched in wonder as the new-born babe was lovingly wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger.
Suddenly God gave voice to the animals and immediately they began to praise God for the miracle they had seen. This went on for several minutes and just before the entrance of the shepherds-who had hurried to the stable because angels had told them the Christ had been born there-the animals again fell silent. the only ones who had heard them were Mary, Joseph and, of course, the Christ child.
A livestock barn is one of my favorite places to be on what can be a busy night. The sights and sounds in a livestock barn don’t change for the holidays and I find that a calm in, peaceful feeling when the holidays get overwhelming.
I probably won’t be in the barns at midnight to witness first hand wether this is true or not but I am choosing to believe in the magic that is Christmas and what God has created.
It is a privilege to raise and care for livestock and as we feed the hogs and cattle on Christmas Eve before family gatherings and check them again afterwards, we will take just a little extra time to be thankful for for the life we lead. And even at 46 I will be wondering what they will be talking about at midnight.
I loved sharing this folktale with my kids while making cookies for Santa and this year we will share it again as I make my kids make these Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies for
Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies
These were so simple and fun to make. I rolled out the pre made dough and cut our circles. Really they can be any shape and size but a simple circle seemed easiest and best. I made homemade buttercream for the filling but in all honesty keeping it really super simple a can of boughten icing would be just as delicious! We used lots of Christmas sprinkles, as well as crushed peppermint candy on ours!
- Package of gingerbread cookie dough or your favorite homemade recipe
- Buttercream Icing or a can of boughten icing
- Christmas Sprinkes
- Roll out cookie dough and cut into circles or preferred shape.
- Once cookies are cool spread some icing on one and top with another one.
- Roll edges of cookie sandwich in sprinkles immediately while the icing is still moist so the sprinkles stick.
- Enjoy with a big glass of cold milk!
My buttercream icing seems to change continually depending on my mood but this version on Two Maids A Milking is a definite go to!