Julian’s Gingerbread Cookies: A Holiday Season Recipe


The holiday season is prime time for sweets and treats. As such, we thought it’d be a great idea to highlight a recipe from AGI Marketing’s very own baking expert, Julian Avila! Gingerbread cookies are instantly recognizable, and their delicious crunch and Christmas-time taste are the perfect representation for this time of year. Welcome the Holiday season into your home by baking these delectable treats!


  • 3 Cups Flour (I use Unbleached Flour)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger
  • 1 3/4 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg (Large)
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract


  1. Mix Flour, Soda, Powder, Salt, Ginger, Cinnamon & Cloves in one bowl
  2. In another bowl (I use my KitchenAid) Mix Butter, Brown Sugar, Egg, Molasses & Vanilla
  3. Add dry ingredients and continue to mix until blended
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let sit for 3-4 hours (cut dough in half)
  5. Preheat oven to 375
  6. Roll dough out on flour surfaced & use rolling pin until dough is about 1/4 inches (you can use more flour if needed to avoid sticking)
  7. Use gingerbread cookie cutter and place on the cooking tray with parchment paper
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes (keep any eyes after the first batch because they will cook faster and prevent burning)
  9. Let them cool and you can use preferred icing to decorate or sprinkle with powdered sugar
  10. Enjoy!

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Born and raised in Senegal, West Africa, my love for diverse cultures and adventure led me to the U.S. 16 years ago. From kickstarting my college journey at Harrisburg Community College in Pennsylvania to earning my Bachelor’s in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Relations and a Master’s in Marketing Intelligence at Towson University in Maryland, it’s been a fun ride!

Now, picture this: an avid chatterbox with an outgoing personality – that’s me! AGI turned out to be the perfect match, where I blend my creativity with strategic expertise, crafting campaigns that contribute to the success of diverse industries. It’s not just about elevating one business; it’s about orchestrating success across various fields.

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After growing up in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY (Garbage Plate region) and being an artsy athlete at school, I went to college for Graphic Design and to play lacrosse. After graduating from RIT I’ve moved everywhere – Oklahoma, Texas, Cali, Nevada, and back home to New York. I’ve always loved exploring new places, but the Finger Lakes is where I want to settle down – there is truly no place like it. 

Working in digital marketing gives you that new place mindset – it’s always changing, and I’ve loved this job because of that. I love celebrating the wins with employees and client success.

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I spent half of my childhood growing up in Nashville and the second half in Chicago. Right out of high school, I joined the Army where I learned a lot about growth. I got out of the Army in 1997 and started my own company that became AGI Marketing. We began as a graphics and vehicle wrap company, but as I saw the world start to shift to digital and the need to be online, we transformed into a digital agency. 

We have grown considerably since that shift. I am obsessed with growth – for my staff, family, the company, and myself, and we love being able to help businesses grow. Outside of the office, I have five children, three grandchildren, and a wonderful wife. I am very involved in my Christian church and enjoy traveling!

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