I am not much of a baker. I mean, I can do it, but I don’t really enjoy the process. No matter how hard I try, my cakes, cupcakes and cookies never look picture perfect. That said, when I find a recipe that is easy to make AND tastes delicious, I hang on to it.
I’m not sure where I got my Gingerbread Cookie recipe from originally, but I’ve had it for years and it makes the BEST Gingerbread Cookies. One batch is never enough in my house, and I normally end up having to make more cookies on Christmas Eve so that there are some for Santa.
Even though my cookies are not the prettiest, Santa actually REALLY likes them. He hardly leaves any crumbs at all! That’s really the best indicator of how yummy these cookies are!
Best of all, this recipe is actually not all that complicated. I use my stand mixer to do the work for me but a hand mixer would get the job done too.
- 3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp ginger
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 tsp vanilla (or vanilla extract)
- In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves).
- Using mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and mix. Then add the molasses and vanilla.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until everything is well incorporated.
- Divide dough into 2 or 3 sections and roll into a balls.
- Wrap the dough balls in plastic wrap and let stand on the counter for 2 hours.
- Lightly flour your rolling surface (and rolling pin) and roll the dough until it is about 1/4″ thick. Cut into desired shapes and bake at 375˚F for 7-10 minutes until lightly browned. If you want softer Gingerbread remove them from the oven after about 7 minutes (they will looked uncooked to begin with but will set as they cool down).
- Cool until room temperature
- Decorate any way you want! I always let the kids help me. Its a project they look forward to!
Decorate with Royal Icing or store bought cookie icing, and sprinkles and/or candy (if desired). If you turn the Gingerbread men upside down, you can get Reindeer heads! The kids think these are really fun and I normally do an assortment of both reindeer and Ginger People for them. They LOVE helping with the decorating.
My cookies may not be the prettiest cookies on the block, but they taste amazing and the kids love them!
Royal Icing can be easily made by mixing I cup icing (powdered) sugar, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 2 – 2 1/2 tbsp milk or water and food colouring (optional). Icing will dry hard!
This is part of the 2016 Virtual Cookie Exchange. Please visit the other blogs that are participating this year!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.