Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with Ruth Schwenk)

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Time is flying by in our 12th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. It is now day nine! If you’re just joining in, be sure to start at Day 1 here.

Our giveaway guest today is my close friend and coauthor Ruth Schwenk from and She and her husband Pat, a pastor and author, have such a vibrant ministry to families. You will love the giveaway today based on some of their fabulous resources. But first, a tried and true recipe for gingerbread cookies your family can enjoy. 

Day 9: Vintage Iced Gingerbread Cookies (circa 1940)

Super easy and super delicious! It just isn’t Christmas without some sort of gingerbread. These will do the trick!

In a large saucepan boil:

1 stick butter
2/3 C white sugar
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 C molasses
1 ¼  tsp. ground ginger
¾  tsp. cinnamon
?  tsp. allspice

Remove from heat and add:

½  tsp. baking soda that has been dissolved in 2 tsp. hot water


1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
3 C  all-purpose four

Cool and cover. Chill in fridge for three hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-13 minutes or until lightly golden. Do not over-bake. Cool slightly. Then, drizzle icing over.


1 C powdered sugar
1/2 t vanilla

Thin with a few tablespoons milk until it is a consistency that can be drizzled over the cookies. Drizzle and let cool completely.

Day 9 Giveaway

My guest today, Ruth Schwenk, is giving away a copy of her newest devotional, Faith Forward Family, along with a Faith Forward journal, and two Faith Forward stickers for your children. One winner will receive two bundles, one for you and one for a friend!

Ruth Schwenk \\ Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at

Giveaway rules are listed below. Enjoy!


Ruth Schwenk is the founder of the popular blog,, and along with her pastor/author husband, Patrick, She is the trusted author of several devotionals with Harper Collins Christian, including Faith Forward Family, The Better Mom Devotional, and Pressing Pause. Ruth is a Michigan football super fan, a self-proclaimed “foodie,” and lover of all things HGTV. But her greatest joy is her family. She lives with her husband, four children, two pesky hamsters and their loyal Labrador retriever in the beautiful college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan.


12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Rules

  1. U.S. Addresses only please.
  2. You can comment on all 12 days (once per person) up until midnight Pacific time, Sunday, December 22. Each day will be linked below for easy reference.
  3. One daily winner will be chosen from each day’s comments.
  4. To enter to win the Grand Prize (worth over $150 and includes a $75 Amazon gift card, and two admission tickets (with meet-and-greet) to a concert with award-winning country music artist, Granger Smith, comment on, and share all 12 posts.  You can use the share buttons below or repost and share on Instagram (my fave!) and tag me @karenehman.
  5. All winners (including Grand Prize) will be announced here on the blog on Monday, December 23, and contacted via email. Please allow 4-6 weeks to receive your prizes. 
  6. If you’re not already subscribed, click HERE and you’ll receive an email notification each day of our series, plus my Bless Don’t Stress devotional.


What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

Let us know in the comments and you’ll be entered in today’s giveaway. Remember, if you want to enter to win the grand prize, you must comment on and share all twelve days.

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Day 1 with Candace Cameron Bure

Day 2 with Alena Pitts

Day 3 with Jackie Drew/RadJoy

Day 4 with Courtney Joseph

Day 5 with Trillia Newbell

Day 6 with Ruth Chou Simons

Day 7 with Phylicia Masonheimer

Day 8 with Jada Edwards

Day 10 with Amber Smith

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  1. Just one favorite Christmas cookie?! Goodness, this is difficult. I’m going with my Grandma’s thump print cookies. Oh how I miss them! A little drop of raspberry (without seeds) and the finely chopped nuts. Yummmm!

  2. I love all cookies. I love to decorate them so sugar cookies are good but gingerbread cookies scream Christmas to me.

  3. My favorite Christmas cookie is an iced sugar cookie. I have such wonderful childhood memories of making these with my grandma. It may be the memory more than the cookie I love but still a great cookie!

  4. This is hard! I have too many favorites! We always make Buckeyes, peanut butter balls covered in chocolate, since my family is from Ohio. But we also make ginger cookies, pizzelles, holly cookies, and we decorate sugar cookies!!!

  5. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without my loving husband’s fabulously YUMMMY cookies! Our favorite are the gingerbread and mint cookies!

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