12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Gingerbread

by Elizabeth on December 13, 2011 · 3 comments

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I totally intended to make gingerbread men and women.  And then I realized that I don’t have any men or women-shaped cookie cutters. #fail  So I made gingerbread stars, gingerbread snowmen, gingerbread snowflakes, and gingerbread Christmas trees.  That works too. 🙂

Even though gingerbread is not my favorite, it’s such a classic cookie and a lot of people really enjoy the flavor.  This is a pretty mild gingerbread as far as I can tell, and very easy to mix together.  Just be sure you have some time to chill the dough and decorate the cookies!!

Gingerbread Cookies
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3 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup molasses

Sift flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together until smooth and light colored, 2-3 minutes.  Beat in eggs one at a time, and then beat in molasses.  With the mixer on its lowest setting, gradually mix in dry ingredients.  You may need to switch to a rubber spatula to get everything well mixed.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Working with 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll it out to a 1/8 inch thick.  Cut out with cookie cutters.  You can reroll the scraps.  Bake on cookie sheets for 9-11 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown.  Let cool on wire racks before frosting* and decorating as desired.

-Adapted from Paula Deen

*My favorite frosting recipe

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This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday and Christmas Cookie Countdown



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1 Molly December 13, 2011 at 8:20 am

My sister made cat-shaped dog biscuits yesterday. Whatev.


2 Kati December 18, 2011 at 9:12 am

I love gingerbread cookies! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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