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Home Alone, Love Actually, Elf…

I have a giant stack of Christmas movies all ready to watch. One of my favorite parts of December is watching as many Christmas movies as I possibly can. (Another is listening to holiday music on the radio. Does anyone else think “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is the funniest song ever?)

gingerbread sandwich

And, of course, holiday-themed food.

The last two days have been a whirlwind (which is why I didn’t post yesterday or the day before). My friend Andrea drove in from Colorado, and she brought her adorable—but super-energetic—daughter, Kristin. It’s still hard for me to believe that my friend has a five-year-old child!

Before their arrival, I’d made up a big batch of my favorite gingerbread butter for myself, so I could eat gingerbread cookie dough balls! The girls were hungry when they got in, and so I used some of the gingerbread butter to make Christmas PB&J sandwiches. (After a quick photoshoot, I cut Kristin’s sandwich with a giant gingerbread cookie cutter!)

ginge undone

I’ve posted the gingerbread butter recipe before, when I did my post on cookie dough balls. Here it is again, so you don’t have to click on any links:

Gingerbread Butter

  • 6 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp molasses (I used blackstrap, but regular is fine)
  • heaping 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • scant 1/8 tsp each ginger and nutmeg
  • Optional: cloves, sugar (I didn’t use either)

Mix together the peanut butter and molasses, using a blender or fork. (I just used a fork to mix.) Add the spices and mix again.

See cookie dough post for Nutrition Facts.

Cookie Dough Balls: If you add enough of the spices to the Gingerbread Butter, the dough is dry enough to roll into cookie balls. However, gingerbread butter is also delicious on a spoon, mixed in oatmeal, or as a sandwich with apple slices or grilled strawberries or banana. Or thin it out with a little almond milk, and make a pancake topping!


What are you looking forward to this holiday season?

Watching holiday movies? Baking cookies? Wearing ugly Christmas sweaters à la Colin Firth?

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. I love watching corny Christmas tv specials and doing Christmas art projects. I will always be a 5 year old at heart:)

  2. I love listening to all the holiday music on the radio-so uplifting!!! My favorite!

  3. tiffany says:

    yum gingerbread butter looks good!

    By the way, was a winner chosen for the Luna bars? :)

  4. sarah says:

    you should post your xmas movie list! i make a mix cd every year and just finished the one for this year. i’m a bit more lost with movies though

    1. all-time faves include the three mentioned, as well as holiday inn and white christmas, the grinch, it’s a wonderful life, christmas carol… i’m sure there are a ton more!

  5. ~Jessica~ says:

    Ha! The 10K fun run I did today had t-shirts with reindeer on them, and they were the same colour as Mr Darcy’s sweatshirt too 😉

    I love all things gingerbread – the molasses adds such an important calcium/iron boost as well!


  6. I loved this part: gingerbread butter is also delicious on a spoon.

    I think I’d make this JUST so I could have it on a spoon.

  7. Kira says:

    Funny you should post this today because I found this recipe yesterday in an old post of yours and I just made it this morning!! So gooood.

  8. Megan says:

    I love Christmas spices and how the whole house smells like cloves and cinnamon! Your gingerbread butter sounds so good- it is my favorite Christmas cookie! I think I am most looking forward to hanging out with my family in Colorado for Christmas. I love family-time and you certainly can’t have a white Christmas in Texas!

    1. wha?? we had a white christmas two years ago in Dallas! :)

      1. Megan says:

        I missed it! I was in Colorado then too! Now that you mention it, I do remember hearing that…

  9. I LOVE gingerbread things so much! I saw this title and had to come and look right away! :)
    Also I tried boatmeal for the first time today- will blog about it later- amazing! :)

  10. Great idea! Looks beautiful and tasty, too! :)

  11. Oh yum. I miss bread, am GF now and haven’t eaten real bread in years, but grew up baking whole wheat bread, from scratch, and nothing beats it!!
    The butter looks great and love the combination of flavors!

  12. Every year my mom and i tivo pretty much every Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movie and watch them all! We’ve seen about 12 so far and have like 18 on the list still. I love watching holiday movies!

    And “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas!” is one of my favorite songs! You cant help but smile when you hear it!

  13. This sounds wonderful…with everyone going nuts over Biscoff spread and the TJs speculoos spread, making a homemade version is a great idea$$

    I’m looking forward to the rain lifting. Greetings from (rainy) Aruba!

  14. Kim says:

    The hippopotamus song is my favorite!

  15. I look forward to decorating the tree (which my roommates and I did yesterday). I have missed out on it the past 3 years since I’ve been away at school but this year we decided to get one ourselves so we didn’t have to miss our home traditions. After that we had a big potluck dinner party and secret santa. Love actually is one of my all time favorite movies and I definitely plan to watch it soon. Along with the holiday, elf, and miracle of 34th.

  16. Just bought molasses today–perfect way to christen the bottle!

  17. I’m looking forward to Christmas songs, and Christmas trees lighting up the city! I enjoy the festive mood and delicious looking sandwiches you have by the way!

  18. Jeanna says:

    I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas is one of my favorites!!! I actually bought the cutest little stuffed one and put it in my husbands stocking one year as it was the one Christmas song he couldn’t stop singing!! This gingerbread butter sound fantastic. Going to make it right now!!!

  19. Aja says:

    Wow that sounds yummy, but I still need to make pumpkin peanut butter. I’ve been behind on my treat making this year, which is why I’m really excited for the holiday season because it means I have no excuse not to bake!

  20. Val says:

    looks yummy! I recently made something similar… except with white chocolate!

  21. Catalina Maya says:

    Oh yum – this’d be perfect for school luches, seeing as I’m going to taking up vegetarianism next year! But, would it taste nutty at all? I’m not too keen on peanuts.

    I’ve never heard “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”!

    1. depends on what type of nut butter you use :)

  22. Kit-Kat says:

    I’m looking forward to all the Christmas music and cheer, tons of yummy baking and cookies (especially roll out and frost ones), decorating, and see-shopping at stores!!!

  23. I LOVE Elf! My Dad and I watch it every year after we put up the Christmas tree! I also love Christmas Music! And another highlight was Winnie the Pooh Christmas

  24. Lina says:

    Oh my goodness! That looks so yummy :) As soon as I get my hands on a jar of molasses, I’m trying this!

  25. That sounds adorable – a sandwich cut with a giant gingerbread cookie cutter! Such a great idea, especially for kids (though I wouldn’t mind a gingerbread man sandwich myself ;))

  26. Elle says:

    I sing that Hippopotamus song all year round… love it!

    Cute sammies.

  27. I love the Hippopotamus Christmas song! Half the people I ask, I have never heard of it. That gingerbread peanut butter looks great!

  28. I love watching as many Christmas movies as possible and I love that song!

  29. LizAshlee says:

    What an interesting twist…luv it!

  30. Moni'sMeals says:

    Great idea! I will try this out. Love Gingerbread anything. :)

    I look forward to all the Christmas Movies, Music, Cookies, Decorating, Baking, and Harry Potter, and Gift Wrapping. Totally my favorite time of year by far. :)

  31. Emilia says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! I’ve held off on buying peanut butter for a little bit now (too expensive for my poor student budget) but I think I might have to make a trip to the grocery store tomorrow. I’m looking forward to pretty much everything this holiday season (music, baking, movies, baking), but the thing I most look forward to is spending the holidays with my family in New York!

  32. I’m definitely going to have to make your gingerbread butter soon! YUM! 😀
    I love EVERYTHING about christmas – movies, baking, decorations, songs, shopping, my reindeer head band… Christmas is definitely the best time of the year! :)
    Oh and I made your brownie batter pancakes again this morning only I subbed 1/4 cup of the almond milk with chocolate mint So Delicious coconut milk. Perfect for the season! :)
    Have a wonderful Sunday, Katie!!
    <3 <3

  33. Amber K says:

    I love Christmas movies. One of my latest favorites is Four Christmases with Reese Witherspoon, love her and it. The gingerbread butter looks amazing, perfect for this time of year.

  34. Joanna says:

    I’ve been craving PB&J all week and this looks amazing!
    Gotta try. =)

  35. Hi Katie, for some reason the link to your calorie information isn’t working… but every year I love watching White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life…. classics are ALWAYS the best!

    1. Oops, thanks for telling me. It’s fixed!

  36. Claire says:

    Cute photo shoot :) I just got some blackstrap, so I will be making this! And random but, what type of bread is that.?… it looks awesome and so much better then plain grocery store bread! Thanks Katie!!!

    1. LOL it actually IS grocery store bread. Rudi’s!

      1. Claire says:

        Thanks for answering my Q, you are great! I guess I will have to buy some next grocery trip 😀 Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous pictures to make a sandwich look amazing. The idea of a pb&j always appeals to me since I love its contents and it is super easy and portable but not being a bread lover is tough times 😉 But I must give Rudis a shot along with this delish nut butter. Have a great day!

      2. Hey Claire!
        I just wanted to leave a word of warning in case you’re a vegan or are allergic to animal products: the bread was my roommate’s bread, and I just noticed it has egg whites in the ingredients. (I didn’t actually have any… but I do like to keep even the photos on my blog completely vegan. I wrongly assumed Rudi’s was a vegan company!)

        Anyway, I hope you like the peanut butter!! :)

  37. Hooray for such a fantastic recipe!!! I love gingerbread anything and to make it into a sandwich? EVEN BETTER.

    I love that you’re watching a stack of movies! Have you ever seen The Holiday? It’s one of my favorite movies EVER!

    1. ooh yeah, i like that one too! especially the adorable old guy :).

  38. I’m looking forward to 2 weeks from today when fInals are over, I’m on a Plane home and I can actually relax and ENJOY the season!

  39. Lou says:

    I love Colin Firth, even in a reindeer jumper. Yum, PB looks awesome, molasses is so yum.

  40. Dalai Lina says:

    Putting up our Christmas tree (if we ever get our butts in gear and buy one!)

  41. I love watching Christmas movies— oh Hallmark channel, you get me all December long! :)

  42. Genevieve says:

    Those are probably my top 3 favourite Christmas movies – I just watched Love Actually the other night! I also just made gingerbread almond butter yesterday and ate it like cookie dough…so I guess I’m in the same holiday frame of mind as you :)

  43. I love any nut butter and that looks great!

  44. lindsay says:

    oh what a great combo katie! i like your food style. Enjoy those holiday movies. <3

  45. Mmmm gingerbread peanut butter sounds delicious!!

    I’ve been baking, planning Christmas gifts, watching Christmas movies, and have been invited to two ugly Christmas sweater parties :) I LOVE Christmas!!

  46. Sarah says:

    My favorite part has to be going CHRISTmas caroling, love it! Also white Christmases (which is practically guaranteed in the north. Oh and don’t forget the cookies and hot cocoa after a beautiful Christmas service! And yes, let the Christmas specials begin!

  47. That awesome picture of that sandwich makes me SO hungry!! looks amazing!! :]

  48. I am trying this tonight! LOVE it 😀

  49. Oh. My. Gawd. I just made this. Incredible.