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Affordable New Year’s Party Food

Party on a budget!

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for pain-free ways to manage my budget. If I had my way, I’d never have to worry about money–alas, between college, braces, and current grocery prices (ouch on that one!), not happening.

Here are some tips for fun, easy and affordable foods for your New Year’s Eve party:

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Christmas Cookies! (Ginger Molasses)

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This week, Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies

      • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
      • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
      • 1 cup white sugar
      • 1 egg
      • 1 tablespoon water
      • 1/4 cup molasses
      • 2 tablespoons white sugar
      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
      2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
      3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Iced Ginger CookiesGreat with icing, too!