Ginger is a natural remedy for many ailments and has been proven even more effective for upset stomach, heartburn, dizziness, and pain relief than over the counter medicines. Ginger increases circulation and decreases inflammation and is a mood enhancer and stress reliever. Fresh ginger is delicious grated or minced in main dishes, added to sauces, and in hot and cold beverages.
Kids Chefs can mix ⅓ cup of organic canola oil and ¾ cup of organic brown sugar with a fork until smooth. In another bowl, mix 2 cups of organic whole wheat pastry flour, ¾ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp baking soda, 1 ½ tsp ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg, and ¼ tsp sea salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, stirring with a fork. In a small bowl mix ¼ cup organic molasses, juice from ½ organic orange, ½ tsp minced fresh organic ginger, 1 tsp organic arrowroot starch, and 1 tbsp water and mix into the dough. Press the dough in a flat circle between 2 sheets of parchment paper and refrigerate for 15 minutes or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the bread board, rolling pin, and cookie cutters with flour. Roll out the dough to ½ inch thick and use the cookie cutters to cut the shapes. Place the cookies with room between them on baking sheets covered with parchment paper and bake 10 minutes. Roll the scraps of cookie dough into a ball and flatten between the sheets of paper and refrigerate to repeat the process using all the dough.
After the gingerbread cookies have cooled, prepare a glaze by mixing ½ cup organic powdered sugar, 4 tsp juice from ½ organic orange and spread over each cookie. Kids can make a refreshing ginger lemonade to serve with their cookies. Kids can mix 1 tbsp grated fresh organic ginger, 2 tbsp fresh squeezed organic lemon juice, 1 tsp organic maple syrup, for each 1 cup of filtered water. Family memories are created when kids, parents, and grandparents bake gingerbread cookies in the kitchen together.