There is something about these chewy gingersnaps that make them one of my most asked for treats from my friends and family. It doesn’t matter what time of year I make these gingersnaps, people always want more. It could be the fancy molasses that I use, or the extra ground ginger that I throw in, but I do know for sure that it is always necessary to double this recipe when I make it!

Also, I have heart shaped cookies in the picture because I made these on Valentine’s Day. The trick to making shapes with these gingersnaps is to follow the next 4 steps:

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Normally I don’t bake anything without chocolate, but these cookies were for a very special occasion. A friend of mine asked me to bake some cookies for her kid’s grade one class for some Valentine’s Day treats and gave me strict regulations to not have any chocolate in them. All she wanted were some oatmeal raisin cookies that were healthier for the kids since it was for their morning snack. So here is a simple and easy oatmeal raisin cookie recipe that you can enjoy without chocolate. But if you are like me, and love chocolate, don’t be shy to add a few chocolate chips to the recipe!

Makes 36 cookies

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Flower this. Chocolate that. Romanticize this and that.

Frankly, I am sick of all the consumerism surrounding Valentine’s Day. I hate the feeling that I have to do something out of the ordinary for my loved one as soon as it strikes February 14th. There is so much pressure from this consumer created holiday that makes everything I do on this day feel a little less special. What is the big problem with making your loved one feel special on a day that has no “to-do-list” on it? Why can’t yesterday or tomorrow be that day when you surprise your loved and take her out when she doesn’t even see it coming!

I see Valentine’s as a day to celebrate the ordinary and to take it as just another day. My trick is to use any of the other 364 days of the year to make my loved one feel special, that way there are no expectations built into my relationship surrounding Valentine’s Day each year.

If you still feel pressure to hit a home run on Valentine’s Day here are some Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas:

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