The smell of gingerbread cookies alone says Christmas. But I hear you saying “some people don’t like spiced cookies.” Well, they’re going to learn to like them, ‘cuz these little guys will be smiling right until you bite their heads off! This is one recipe to get under your belt people. Just so you know, whether or not to ice is up to you, but comes highly recommended.
Day Two: The “Who Doesn’t Like Gingerbread?” Gingerbread People
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp meringue powder
2 cups powdered sugar
4-5 tbsp water
To make the cookies: Stir together sugar, molasses, water, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved (you shouldn’t be able to feel granules with the back of your spoon). Remove from heat and add butter, stirring occasional until incorporated. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. In the meantime, sift flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Stir in to cooled molasses mixture with a wooden spoon, until combined. Place dough in a large ziplock bag (or several small ones) and flatten evenly, then refrigerate overnight.
The following day, preheat your oven to 375 and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Dust your work station with flour, and using a 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll out to 1/4 inch thickness, cut and bake for 8-9 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool on racks before icing.
To make the icing: Add all ingredients to a stand mixer and beat with paddle attachment for 8 minutes, until smooth. Color and design cookies as desired. Don’t be afraid to give them funny faces, sweaters, or pets.
You’ve already gone from no-bake to total scratch. Isn’t that worth a pat on the back? Or maybe a cookie? Take my advice, with cookies being made everyday up until Christmas, pace yourself.
Coming up tomorrow: The “You’re Not Traditional” Mexican Hot Chocolate Snicker Doodles
Written and Photos By: Eva Severed
Inspired by Cake and Allie.