Canadian and American Thanksgiving this year had come and gone, which meant that it was finally time to get into the holiday spirit. We knew that we wanted to gather with all of our friends before the impending doom of finals, so we thought there would be no better way to do so than to do Secret Snowflake and exchange the gifts at a culminating holiday party!
Of course, when planning, we had to think about food–and obviously baked goods came to mind. What better crowd-pleaser is there than cookies? And what is more reminiscent of the holidays than gingerbread? So there we had it: gingerbread cookies!
When one thinks about gingerbread, “gingerbread house” or “gingerbread men” is the logical next step. However, things aren’t so simple. We and our friends have a long-running joke about political correctness at McGill. In fact, it’s not really a joke, but a lifestyle that was imposed–nay, gifted–upon us. Ever since we lived in rez, we’ve been careful to request preferred personal pronouns and have each personally memorized the ever-evolving acronym to describe the LBGTQQIP2SAA community. And thus, the “genderbread person” became a staple in our student vernacular. “Gingerbread men” was politically incorrect and obsolete, so accordingly, we were very careful to break the gender binary in the creation of these scrumptious cookies.
We followed a recipe from food.com to blend the dough. Next, we rolled out the dough and cut out people, snowflakes and trees (all nondiscriminatory, nondenominational objects).
We put the cookies in the oven for 7-8 minutes until they darkened around the edges!
And they came out smelling strongly of ginger, cloves, and cinnamon!
Finally, we invited our friends to help us decorate with this Royal Icing!
The cookies came out tasting delicious and decadently sweet. They were a nondenominational-holiday-themed-party hit!
Sending you the best of wishes this holiday season.
Love, Ryan and Annie
And for some more political correctness: