Gingerbread Cookies

Monday, November 22

These gingerbread cookies are great for creating fun shapes and for decorating . They are crunchy, not soft and gooey. So if  you are looking for a soft gingerbread cookie this recipe is not for you. But like I’ve said before, there is no shame in using store bought dough if you are short on time. Decorating them can be just as rewarding as baking them.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

First I have to say that if you read the ingredients list you may find it funny that it calls for a half of an egg. The recipe that I usually use makes way too many cookies for my liking (I’ll just end up eating them all) so I have modified it a bit and it works out well. If you want to know how to use a half of an egg, I beat it first and then pour half into the mix. I just eyeball it.

Now that I’ve said that, sift together the flour, baking powder, and spices in a medium bowl.

In another bowl, mix together shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, 1/2 egg :) and vanilla. Make sure it is smooth and clump free. Stir in the dry ingredients a little at a time until all is mixed well into the liquid mix.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and pop into the fridge for at least 3 hours if not over night. I like to divide my dough into smaller sections before refrigerating it. That way I can take out sections at a time to work with and the rest will remain cold.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly flour your counter and roll dough to 1/4 inches thick. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. These cookies are crispy not gooy but they will be semi-soft when removed from the oven. They will harden as they cool.

This Christmas I ordered a bunch of cookie and fondant cutters from Sugarcraft.com. They have a great selection of cutters I can’t find anywhere else. These snowflake cutters made great gingerbread cookies but simple star cutters work just as well.

Here is a picture of my little helper. We had tons of fun this year creating cookies to give away.

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