Good Things Are Contagious (+ Gingersnap Cookie Recipe!)

  Have you ever noticed how, when you’re having a bad day, it’s just one thing on top of another? It never seems like it’s just, “Oh, look, I splattered mud on my pants.” Oh, no. It’s the mud. And a car that has a funky warning light. And a speeding ticket. And a call from the school to pick up your sick kid. And…   Well, you get the picture.   “When it rains, it pours,” they say.  And, truly, it does feel like that sometimes.   Fortunately, the reverse is also true! Bad things might pile up, but good things can do the same thing. If anything, I believe you have even more control over the good things because you can get that ball rolling yourself!   Knowing that happiness and optimism are totally contagious things–and that, in my experience, good things tend to come back to you at least ten-fold–I recently decided to do some baking on a chaotic, crazy day. I knew I was going to be facing some less-than-ideal encounters later on, and I figured, “Why not tip the scales in my favor?”   So I did. I made cookies.  


Yield:  approx. 4 dozen



  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • cinnamon & sugar, for rolling (I used colored sugars in Fall colors, but white sugar works just fine!)



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the butter into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Gradually beat in the white sugar. Beat in the egg and molasses. 
  3. Add ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually add flours until all is incorporated and a soft dough forms. 
  4. Scoop out small amounts of dough and roll into 1-inch diameter balls between your hands. Roll each ball in cinnamon sugar, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. (If dough is too sticky to handle easily, it can be refrigerated for about half an hour.)
  5. Bake in preheated oven until the tops are rounded and slightly cracked, about 10 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an air tight container. Or, you know, just feed them to everybody in sight– that’s what I did. :)

  I fed them to my supervisor. I fed them to my second graders. I fed them to a cranky child of my own. I fed them to my assistant.   I just kept surprising people with spicy goodness.   And you know what happened?   Smiles bloomed.   Compliments rained down.   Spirits were comforted and soothed.   That’s the power of a simple cookie, my friend. Share some sweetness… and watch it spread.  

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