[Recipe] Classic Gingerbread Cookies

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I’m not sure if there’s any cookie that people think of more often during Christmas than a gingerbread cookie. Although not my personal favourite at Christmas (I’d quite honestly never made gingerbread cookies before this year), I’ll admit that I kind of fell in love with these spicy dunkers.

This gingerbread cookie recipe is very easy to prepare and pair well with a hot cup of tea. They’re also great to have the kids help with, since they love punching out the shapes with all kinds of cookie cutters.

I cut some notches out of a few of these cookies so they can sit on the side of mugs. I loved that part! They just look so cute sitting there, like the garnish on my cup of tea. I cut the notches about half a centimetre wide by a centimetre long. It worked really well.

Decorate these cookies with store bought icing or royal icing. Easy peasy.

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[Recipe] Gingerbread Cookies (Cutouts)

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg

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Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.

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Mix in molasses and egg yolk.

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Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

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Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the mixture becomes uniform.

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Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

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When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to sit on the counter for 5 minutes to allow it to warm just a bit before rolling.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.

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Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

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If you’d like to make some cookies that will hang off the side of your mug, just cut some little notches out of the cookie with a knife.

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Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until firm. Cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool.

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2 responses to “[Recipe] Classic Gingerbread Cookies

  1. Tara, just love the way you present your recipes with the pics – so easy to follow the recipes too. Great job!

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