With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Gingerbread Cookies

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gingerbread Cookies

It might have been rainy and windy outside today, but inside my home, trays of sweet little gingerbread boys and girls filled the house with a wonderful warmth and aroma.
These two seemed to be making eyes at one another

I have a gingerbread recipe that I have made forever but thought I would try something new.  I can't say these gingerbread  are the most wonderful as the title proclaims but they are good.  Anyone have a gingerbread recipe they love and willing to share?
(I made 1/2 of the following recipe)

The Most Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies

Source: Food.com

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.
  2. In a large bowl (KitchenAid's great for this) beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until well blended.
  4. Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
  5. Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.
  6. (Dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but in this case it should be refrigerated. Return to room temp before using.) Preheat oven to 375°.
  7. Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Place 1 portion of the dough on a lightly floured surface.
  9.  Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin.
  10. Roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick.
  11. Use additional flour to avoid sticking.
  12. Cut out cookies with desired cutter-- the ginger bread man is our favorite of course.
  13. Space cookies 1 1/2-inches apart.
  14. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes (the lower time will give you softer cookies-- very good!).
  15. Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow the cookies to stand until the cookies are firm enough to move to a wire rack.
  16. After cookies are cool you may decorate them any way you like.
  17. I usually brush them with a powdered sugar glaze when I am in a hurry, but they look wonderful decorated with Royal icing.

I used this recipe from Robin @All Things Heart and Home for her favorite cookie icing:
Sugar Cookie Icing
1 cup XXX sugar (powdered sugar)
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons lite corn syrup
(¼ teaspoon Almond extract, I don’t use this but some people love it!)
Put XXX sugar in a bowl and add milk…stir until smooth…
Beat in corn syrup until icing is smooth and glossy~if it’s too thick, add more corn syrup! Divide and add food coloring. You can make this the night before, just cover it!
Each cookie needs to be decorated with sprinkles immediately after you ice it because it dries to the touch pretty quickly. The icing takes a few hours to completely set.
I made about 60 sugar cookies (the size of my hand) and used 9 recipes of the icing with a bit left over.


Mildred said...

What fun gingerbread cookies! I noticed those two making goo-goo eyes at each other right away!!!

I've never made these. I remember eating plenty through the years though. They are a favorite of mine.

As always, your photos are cookbook worthy.

Kathleen said...

They are adorable, the kids will love them!

Snippety Gibbet said...

Awwwwww........ look at those little sweeties. I wish my granddaughter was coming this Christmas. We always enjoy the gingerbread houses and gingerbread men. jan

Susan said...

They look darling, LDH, and your photos are stunning. Absolutely stunning. Isn't wonderful how great these cookies make the house smell? Christmas personified. I'll be making them soon myself. Thanks for sharing. Susan

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love gingerbread cookies -- and yours look adorable!!

I have a recipe on my blog that I posted a couple years ago that uses four cups of flour- a large batch-- which I would then double as I would make a cookie for each of my children classmates! It took a few days to decorate them all but my children have fun memories of passing them out in school.

♥ Kelley ♥ said...

You have your gingerbread boys and girls decorated so adorably!
I am wanting to bake so badly but my old oven is on the fritz :(
Wishing you a blessed evening!

NanaDiana said...

You did a great job decorating those. They're really cute! I copied that recipe over to my recipe file..it shall forever be known to me as Lorraine's sugar cookie icing!

I have been looking for an icing that actually sets up and hardens...many of them don't and if they do they are all crackly. I'll give this one a try. Thanks- Hugs- Diana

Life In a Little House said...

You should try my Moms recipe I think it is wonderful. When we roll them we add just a little more flour to make the dough easier to roll and then We cook them a little under so they are a soft gingerbread not crunchy and we make them thick. They look adorable I love how you decorated them. Almost like they might run away ~Love Heather

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

What adorable cookies. These guys and gals really have panache!

Dishesdone said...

They look adorable!

Tookie said...

Those are so very sweet, like characters out of a storybook.

Deb said...

No matter how they taste those are the cutest gingerbread cookies I have seen. You have a real talent in the kitchen. Your grandkids will love these. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Ann said...

those are so cute. I've never actually made gingerbread men. I have a recipe for ginger softies that I usually make.

Monica said...

Too cute! Can't wait for Christmas! I'm going to make these ASAP plus some homemade eggnog! This recipe is my favorite

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Oh my gosh, I'm drooling!!! They look terrific. I can almost smell the wonderful spices permeating your home. And, may I add, that was one wonderful job of decorating them also.

Janice said...

ooh flirting gingerbread people - brilliant. I love them!

Atelier de Charo said...

To cute to eat!


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How adorable! You have done such a wonderful job of decorating them and the eyes are the best :) I have never seen gingerbread boys and girls with so much personality!

Deb said...

Those are just too cute!!! You post some of the yummiest looking treats!!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cute cookies, I'd separate those two in the first photo though:@) Thanks for the icing recipe, I want to try it out!

hip-chick said...

I have never made gingerbread men before. You have decorated them so nicely. They look as if they have personality.

Beth said...

I love gingerbread. And your cookies are so adorable! You've really given them personalities!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You always make the best stuff. Those are so cute. I am not a baker for sure. I have to make myself do it. Going to have to in a couple of weeks. The grand girls are coming back for Christmas. I remember going to my grandmother's at Christmas and she had decorated sugar cookies made and several others and I couldn't wait to get in them. Now I want to create memories for my girls. Thanks for coming by.

Maggie Ann said...

Your gingerbread family is sweet...in every sense of the word! and....I made 4 dozen of the german folded stars...waxed and glittered for our school Christmas workshop. Thanks again for sharing the tutorial. That meant a lot.

Buttercup said...

Too adorable. I don't bake that much, but was admiring the gingerbread cookies in Panera today. I know I'm going to have get one sooner, rather than later. Yummy!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

The holidays are not the holidays without gingerbread cookies. Yours are pretty to look at and the recipe sounds like they're delicious as well.

Karen said...

You and I must have started blogging close to the same time! The cookies are adorable. I love the smell and taste of gingerbread hot from the oven! Have a great Sunday.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Its so nice to be back visiting here and seeing all the nice things you make and display.
Lovely Just lovely and these guy Im sure were a big hit.

Danice said...

Oh how adorable! Thank you for the recipe also! I am now a follower :)

Rachel Page said...

I was just about to make a batch of these with a different recipe, but you’ve definitely convinced me to make these!


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