- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one cookie sheet.
- Mix together the molasses, brown sugar, water and shortening.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Add to sugar mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on floured board. Cut with floured gingerbread cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool and decorate with frosting.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 263.9 calories, Carbohydrate 51.7 g, Fat 5.3 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 3.2 g, SaturatedFat 1.5 g, Sodium 198.7 mg, Sugar 25.2 g
BASIC GINGERBREAD COOKIES
Use this basic gingerbread recipe to make cutout cookies in various shapes. Our favorites are gingerbread boys and girls in different sizes, decorated with white royal icing and currant "buttons."
Provided by Martha Stewart
Yield Makes about 24 six-inch gingerbread people
Number Of Ingredients 14
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in spices and salt. Add eggs and molasses; mix well. With the machine on low speed, gradually add flour mixture, and beat until combined. Divide the dough into thirds, and wrap each piece of dough in plastic. Chill at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpat nonstick baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into gingerbread boys and girls. Transfer to prepared baking sheets.
- To decorate cookies: Press currants into dough to create buttons. Bake cookies until crisp but not darkened, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely.
- Decorate cooled cookies with Royal Icing.
GINGERBREAD COOKIES 101
The dough must be chilled for at least three hours and up to two days. The cookies can be prepared up to one week ahead, stored in an airtight container at room temperature. I had to bake many batches to finally accomplish the perfect gingerbread cookie. When the dough is rolled thin, it will bake crisp and almost cracker-like. Yet, when rolled thick (my preference), the cookies turn out plump and moist. In either case, the flavor will be complex and almost hot-spicy.
Provided by Food Network
Yield Makes about 3 dozen (3-inch) cookies
Number Of Ingredients 17
- Position the racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
- Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt and pepper through a wire sieve into a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer at high speed, beat the butter and vegetable shortening until well-combined, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and beat until the mixture is light in texture and color, about 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses and egg. Using a wooden spoon, gradually mix in the flour mixture to make a stiff dough. Divide the dough into two thick disks and wrap each disk in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled, about 3 hours. (The dough can be prepared up to 2 days ahead.)
- To roll out the cookies, work with one disk at a time, keeping the other disk refrigerated. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature until just warm enough to roll out without cracking, about 10 minutes. (If the dough has been chilled for longer than 3 hours, it may need a few more minutes.) Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle the top of the dough with flour. Roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick, being sure that the dough isn't sticking to the work surface (run a long meal spatula or knife under the dough occasionally just to be sure, and dust the surface with more flour, if needed). For softer cookies, roll out slightly thicker. Using cookie cutters, cut out the cookies and transfer to nonstick cookie sheets, placing the cookies 1 inch apart. Gently knead the scraps together and form into another disk. Wrap and chill for 5 minutes before rolling out again to cut out more cookies.
- Bake, switching the positions of the cookies from top to bottom and back to front halfway through baking, until the edges of the cookies are set and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire cake racks to cool completely. Decorate with Royal Icing. (The cookies can be prepared up to 1 week ahead, stored in airtight containers at room temperature.)
- Make ahead: The icing can prepared up to 2 days ahead, stored in an airtight container with a moist paper towel pressed directly on the icing surface, and refrigerated.
- This icing hardens into shiny white lines, and is used for piping decorations on gingerbread people or other cookies. Traditional royal icing uses raw egg whites, but I prefer dried egg-white powder, available at most supermarkets, to avoid any concern about uncooked egg whites.
- When using a pastry bag, practice your decorating skills before you ice the cookies. Just do a few trial runs to get the feel of the icing and the bag, piping the icing onto aluminum foil or wax paper. If you work quickly, you can use a metal spatula to scrape the test icing back into the batch.
- Dried egg-white powder is also available by mail order from The Baker's Catalogue, 1-800-827-6836. Meringue powder, which is dehydrated egg whites with sugar already added, also makes excellent royal icing; just follow the directions on the package. However, the plain unsweetened dried egg whites are more versatile, as they can be used in savory dishes, too. Meringue powder is available from Adventures in Cooking (1-800-305-1114) and The Baker's Catalogue.
- In a medium bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer at low speed, beat the confectioners' sugar, egg-white powder and water until combined. Increase the speed to high and beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl often, until very stiff, shiny and thick enough to pipe; 3 to 5 minutes. (The icing can be prepared up to 2 days ahead, stored in an airtight container with a moist paper towel pressed directly on the icing surface, and refrigerated.)
- To pipe line decorations, use a pastry bag fitted with a tube with a small writing tip about 1/8-inch wide, such as Ateco No. 7; it may be too difficult to squeeze the icing out of smaller tips. If necessary, thin the icing with a little warm water. To fill the pastry bag, fit it with the tube. Fold the top of the bag back to form a cuff and hold it in one hand. (Or, place the bag in a tall glass and fold the top back to form a cuff.) Using a rubber spatula, scoop the icing into the bag. Unfold the cuff and twist the top of the bag closed. Squeeze the icing down to fill the tube. Always practice first on a sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil to check the flow and consistency of the icing.
- Traditional Royal Icing: Substitute 3 large egg whites for the powder and water.
BASIC GINGERBREAD COOKIES
This recipe for basic gingerbread cookies is very easy and quick because the dough doesn't need to sit in the refrigerator. I'm horrible at rolling out dough and cutting out shapes. The oil in this recipe makes the dough less sticky. Decorate with frosting and candies, if desired.
Provided by cookinmia
Number Of Ingredients 10
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 baking trays.
- Sift flour, ginger, and baking soda together into a large bowl. Add butter chunks and stir until they are coated with flour. Mix the butter and flour together with your hands until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
- Whisk white and brown sugars, maple syrup, egg, and oil together in a small bowl until combined. Add to flour mixture and knead until a ball of dough forms, adding water, if needed.
- Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness, cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters, and place on the prepared cookie sheets. Repeat until you have used all the dough.
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 134.1 calories, Carbohydrate 20.2 g, Cholesterol 15.3 mg, Fat 5.6 g, Fiber 0.3 g, Protein 1.3 g, SaturatedFat 2.7 g, Sodium 130.7 mg, Sugar 12.2 g
BEST-EVER CHEWY GINGERBREAD COOKIES
Crisp gingerbread cookies have their place, of course, but sometimes, you want to soften them up a little bit, don't you? These tender cookies are the perfect fix for that craving, combining the classic spice flavors we all love and a chewy crumb that just about melts in your mouth. Making them from scratch allows for control in the texture, and these are calibrated to a just-right tenderness that we (and many others) find irresistible. And speaking of irresistible, we guarantee that the aroma coming from your kitchen as you bake these will make it the gathering place of the entire house. While that scent (and those flavors) are especially welcome when temperatures outside start to dip, these tender cookies are welcome at any time of year.
Provided by By Betty Crocker Kitchens
Number Of Ingredients 13
- In large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg and molasses. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours.
- Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper or silicone baking mat. In small bowl, place granulated sugar. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. On cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or just until set and soft in center. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Store tightly covered up to 1 week.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 50, Carbohydrate 8 g, Cholesterol 10 mg, Fat 1/2, Fiber 0 g, Protein 0 g, SaturatedFat 1 1/2 g, ServingSize 1 Cookie, Sodium 45 mg, Sugar 5 g, TransFat 0 g
originating in England. In the late 16th century, at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, honored guests at court were sometimes presented with their portrait in gingerbread.
Provided by ebonypeters
Yield Makes Cookies
Number Of Ingredients 10
- sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon together in a mixing bowl
- chop the butter into small pieces, and rub into dry mixture until the consistency of fine breadcrumbs, then add the sugar and mix together
- mix the beaten egg and add to the mixture, mixing together to form a dough
- Roll out on a floured surface (ensure you flower bothe the rolling pin and the table very well as this helps wen cutting into shapes once rolled) to about 3mm thick, then cut out what ever shapes you want. Put onto a tray lined with baking paper, decorate as much as you like although i like to keep mine simple with a good sprinkle of cinnamon sugar yum!
- cook for approximately 15 minutes depending on size of biscuit.
- When they are cooked, leave on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack, and leave to cool completely.
EASY GINGERBREAD COOKIES
An easy recipe to make gingerbread men. The amount of cookies you make will depend on the size of the cookie cutters you use.
Provided by Lvs2Cook
Yield 36 cookies
Number Of Ingredients 10
- Cream shortening and brown sugar together.
- Add molasses, buttermilk, and eggs.
- Blend well and set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, sift flour, ginger, baking soda and salt together.
- Combine this mixture into buttermilk mixture.
- Mix well, cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters.
- Sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 400º for 10 to 12 minutes.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 157.2, Fat 6.2, SaturatedFat 1.6, Cholesterol 11.9, Sodium 149.1, Carbohydrate 23.5, Fiber 0.4, Sugar 10.1, Protein 2.1
AUNT MABEL'S SUPER EASY GINGERBREAD COOKIES
This was handed down by my great aunt. This is super easy and you can mix the dry ingredients and put them into a quart jar so they are ready when you want to make gingerbread; easy as a mix, and so much better. Whipped cream on each serving is a good addition.
Provided by Critterlover
Number Of Ingredients 16
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
- Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves together in a large bowl.
- Place molasses, canola oil, applesauce, brown sugar, white sugar, and eggs into a mixing bowl and beat until well combined. Add flour mixture and mix, starting on low speed, until just combined. Mix in boiling water until combined; mixture will be very wet. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven until center is rounded and edges are golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Cut into squares. Best served warm, or at any temperature.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 480.9 calories, Carbohydrate 84.3 g, Cholesterol 41.3 mg, Fat 14.1 g, Fiber 1.5 g, Protein 5.8 g, SaturatedFat 1.4 g, Sodium 357.9 mg, Sugar 44.8 g
CLASSIC GINGERBREAD COOKIES
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Beat sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg until combined.
- Whisk flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together in a separate bowl. Stir into butter mixture until just combined.
- Roll dough into teaspoon-sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake 1 sheet at a time in the preheated oven until edges of cookies are firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 96.8 calories, Carbohydrate 15.9 g, Cholesterol 14.3 mg, Fat 3.3 g, Fiber 0.3 g, Protein 1.1 g, SaturatedFat 2 g, Sodium 30.9 mg, Sugar 8.7 g
GINGERBREAD CUTOUT COOKIES
Our two boys linger around the kitchen when these homemade gingerbread cookies are baking. I make this gingerbread cookie recipe throughout the year using a variety of cookie cutters. —Christy Thelan, Kellogg, Iowa
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield 5 dozen.
Number Of Ingredients 12
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until easy to handle, about 4 hours or overnight., Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. , Bake until edges are firm, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Tint some of the frosting red and some green; leave remaining frosting plain. Decorate cookies.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 77 calories, Fat 2g fat (1g saturated fat), Cholesterol 10mg cholesterol, Sodium 69mg sodium, Carbohydrate 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, Fiber 0 fiber), Protein 1g protein.
BEST GINGERBREAD COOKIES
I made these for years with my kids using a gingerbread boy, then gave it smarties for eyes licorice for its mouth, just all good fun.
Provided by mmlwjr
Yield 72 cookies
Number Of Ingredients 8
- Combine first 3 ingredients in bowl.
- Cream margarine, add sugar then eggs one at a time.
- Now add the molasses and vinegar.
- Mix in the flour.
- Roll out and use cookie cutters.
- Bake 10-12 minutes at 350°F.
- After they are baked you can decorate the way you like.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 81.6, Fat 2.8, SaturatedFat 0.6, Cholesterol 5.2, Sodium 86.5, Carbohydrate 13.2, Fiber 0.2, Sugar 5.6, Protein 1.1
When your friends reach into a tin of these old-fashioned cookies, they're sure to think Grandma baked them! Our Test Kitchen staff came up with this lighter recipe for crunchy gingerbread cookies with lovely icing accents.
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield 6-1/2 dozen.
Number Of Ingredients 14
- In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses, egg and vinegar. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle (dough will be sticky)., On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with 4 in. cookie cutters dipped in flour. Using a floured spatula, place cookies 1 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 5-6 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool., For icing, combine confectioners' sugar and milk in bowl. Spread over cooled cookies; let dry completely. If desired, combine paste food coloring and a few drops of water; using a fine brush or the blunt end of a wooden skewer, decorate cookies.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 81 calories, Fat 1g fat (1g saturated fat), Cholesterol 5mg cholesterol, Sodium 39mg sodium, Carbohydrate 18g carbohydrate, Fiber 0 fiber), Protein 1g protein.
EASY GINGERBREAD COOKIES
Great taste. This is an incredibly easy gingerbread recipe, made with butterscotch pudding. If you want to make these a little healthier you can use sugar-free pudding.
Provided by littleturtle
Yield 16-18 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 8
- Cream pudding and pie filling mix with butter and sugar; add egg, and blend well.
- Combine flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; blend into pudding mixture.
- Chill dough for 1 hour or until firm.
- Roll dough on a floured board to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutter.
- Place on greased baking sheets; use a straw to make a hole in the top of the cookie for hanging on the tree, if desired.
- Bake at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
- Decorate if desired.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 185.6, Fat 9.1, SaturatedFat 5.6, Cholesterol 34.5, Sodium 162.4, Carbohydrate 24, Fiber 0.7, Sugar 10.1, Protein 2.4
CHEWY GINGERBREAD COOKIES
This gingerbread is maxed out on spice, packed with two types of fiery ginger and lots of prickly black pepper. Cozy from all the warm spices as well as from molasses, they're perfect for munching on while tree-trimming. The center of the cookie is fudgy and dense, while the outside edges stay crisp - like the best brownie, but in gingerbread form. That chewy-crispy texture is thanks to the confectioners' sugar in the dough and a light coating of ginger-spiced sugar. Be sure to use true molasses and not blackstrap molasses; blackstrap molasses has less sugar, more salt and acidity, and can change the way the dough browns, spreads and interacts with the leavening.
Provided by Sohla El-Waylly
Categories cookies and bars, dessert
Yield 24 cookies
Number Of Ingredients 15
- In a medium saucepan over medium, melt butter until foamy, about 3 minutes. Continue cooking butter, stirring and scraping frequently with a stiff silicone spatula, until the sputtering has subsided and the butter solids look deeply browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, then whisk in the fresh ginger and ground spices. Scrape the butter and any brown bits at the bottom into the bowl of a stand mixer (or into a large bowl if using a hand mixer). Set aside until cool, slightly solid, but still creamy, about 20 minutes in the refrigerator or 2 hours at room temperature.
- Add confectioners' sugar, molasses, vanilla, salt and baking soda to the cooled butter. Mix on low with the paddle attachment, stopping once to scrape the bowl and paddle, until creamy and combined, about 1 minute.
- Add the egg and mix on medium until pale and fluffy, stopping once to scrape the bowl and paddle, about 2 minutes. Add flour and mix until evenly combined, about 30 seconds. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days before baking.
- Prepare the sugar coating: In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and ground ginger. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper, arrange the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, and heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Using a #40 cookie scoop or two spoons, scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon portions (30 grams). Roll the portioned cookie dough into balls and coat in the ginger sugar. Arrange on the sheet tray at least 1 inch apart and bake until set and lightly browned around the edges, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
This is my favorite molasses cookie. I use the recipe not only to create little houses for Christmas but also to make bunnies for Easter and stars for the Fourth of July. -Karen Haen, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield 4 dozen.
Number Of Ingredients 14
- In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses and orange zest. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with water, mixing well after each addition. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle. , On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-1/2-in. gingerbread house cookie cutter dipped in flour. If desired, create windows using very small cutters of various shapes. , Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Use icing or frosting and food coloring to decorate cooled cookies as desired.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 127 calories, Fat 4g fat (1g saturated fat), Cholesterol 9mg cholesterol, Sodium 85mg sodium, Carbohydrate 20g carbohydrate (9g sugars, Fiber 0 fiber), Protein 2g protein.
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- Heat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, and salt.
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