Ginger Bread Cookies:
A Classic Holiday Cookie
These Ginger Bread Cookies are a classic, one that
represents the tradition of baking cookies at Christmas time. These cookies can
make simple ginger bread men or parts of a gingerbread house. What makes
gingerbread cookies unique is in how they are decorated. Use this recipe to
build memories when baking homemade gingerbread cookies.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 9-10 minutes
Makes about 2 dozen gingerbread men, 3 inches high
¾ cup butter or margarine, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup molasses
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¾ cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons egg white powder
1 tablespoon water
(See Tips for How to Make Christmas Cookie Icing)
- In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed,
cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until well blended.
Stir in molasses and vanilla extract.
- Add dry ingredients gradually to creamed mixture until
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Split dough into two balls. Roll one ball to ¼ inch
thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use ginger bread man cookie cutter to
cut cookies. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for
9-10 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom. Remove cookies from the oven.
- In a small bowl, mix together icing ingredients. Fill a
zip-top sandwich bag with icing, cut 1/4 inch off corner, and pipe decorations
onto cookies as desired. Allow icing to dry for 1 hour. (More tips for decorating cookies with icing.)
- Store cookies in an airtight container. Place waxed paper in
A Special Baking Tip
from The Elf
While you can make your own icing with the recipe outlined
here in order to decorate Ginger Bread Cookies, you can also use premade icing
purchased at any grocery store.
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