“Don’t play with your food!” It’s as classic a lesson from Mom on manners as these gingerbread cookies we’re about to dish on!
Sorry, Mom, we just couldn’t help ourselves! They’re sugar and spice and everything …
Gingerbread cookies are cinnamon-ous with thoughts of Christmas. Filled with warming spices like ginger, all spice and, of course, cinnamon, they warm the soul!
These classic, comforting gingerbread cookies come from Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites, 2nd Edition staff cookbook and are a fun way to spend the day preparing for the Christmas season with your little kiddos; plus, your home will smell delicious … win-win!
Make the full recipe, or cut the batch in half!
Makes 3 dozen
– 1 1/2 c. molasses
– 1 c. brown sugar, packed
– 2/3 c. cold water
– 1/3 c. shortening
– 7 c. flour
– 2 tsp. baking soda
– 1 tsp. salt
– 2 tsp. ground ginger
– 1 tsp. all spice
– 1 tsp. ground cloves
– 1 tsp. cinnamon
1. In a big bowl, mix together molasses, brown sugar, water and shortening.
2. Add flour, baking soda, salt and spices. (The dough gets very stiff – if you have a mixer with dough hooks, it is very helpful.)
3. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness.
5. Cut out the cookies with a floured gingerbread man- (and girl-) shaped cookie cutter.
6. Place about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched.
RECIPE NOTES: Cool cookies before frosting. (Any molasses can be used for these, but the darker the molasses, the stronger the flavor.)
Icing & Decorating Ingredients:
– 2 c. powdered sugar
– 1 tsp. margarine
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– food colorings
– Red Hots® candies
1. Mix sugar, margarine and vanilla in a small bowl.
2. Add milk by drops until desired consistency.
3. Divide into several bowls with food coloring if desired.
4. Using a pastry tip, play with your food! decorate cookies.
5. Use icing to affix Red Hots® candy buttons.
RECIPE NOTES: Warmed icing can be used for drizzling. If icing gets too stiff, warm briefly in the microwave for about 10 – 12 seconds.
*submitted by Cathy Haubenstricker
And then we waited … while sipping hot, [insert your favorite beverage here] in this adorable mug!
Pinterest has really upped the gingerbread cookie decorating game. From gingerbread cookies turned into reindeer, Wookie™ cookies and different shapes intricately decorated in the style of decorative enameling, gingerbread cookies have taken “food as art” to a whole new level!
Yes. The bar has been set very high. Well done, Pinterest! But we think we did pretty good with this one!😂 Embodying the spectrum of emotions people feel about Christmas preparedness, how do you think we did?
In the end, taste is all that matters! So no matter what level your decorating skills are, these classic Christmas cookies are a winner!
Bronner’s also features some pretty amazing gingerbread ornaments!
Our collection of exclusive, glass gingerbread ornaments can be personalized for free and make a great Gift With Personal-ity™!
Choose a cookie based on your loved one! We have Mom, Dad and baby. Boy or girl, Grandma and Grandpa and even the cat or dog! Looking to send something sweet for a whole family? Our gingerbread house is perfect! We even have a Day Of The Dead Gingerbread cookie ornament.
The best part about these gingerbread? They’re an apet-eye-zing treat that will never go to “waist”!