Hello cookie lovers!
Christmas is so close that I can literally smell it! And do you know what it smells like? Cookies.
Gingerbread cookies remind me of Christmas because I only ever seem to bake these around the holiday season. There’s something really fun about decorating these guys with family and friends.
It’s a pretty easy cookie to bake too so everyone can get involved!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 stick of unsalted butter (or 8 tablespoons) at room temperature
- 1/4 cup crisco
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2/3 cup unsulfured molasses
- 1 large egg
- Royal icing to decorate
- Preheat the over to 350 degrees F.
- Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, salt and pepper into a medium bowl. And smell it. OMG it smells like Christmas!
- In a separate large bowl, beat the butter and crisco with a handheld mixer. Add the brown sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Beat in the molasses and egg.
- Using a wooden spoon, mix in the flour mixture gradually. Make sure the ingredients are well incorporated (you may have to use your hands to mix it completely).
- Once the dough is formed, divide the dough into two loaves and wrap them both in plastic wrap. Chill these for a minimum of 3 hours.
- After it has chilled, roll out the dough about an 1/8 of an inch thick and use whatever cookie cutter shapes you want. Make sure you’ve worked with the dough and warmed it up slightly before you roll it out to prevent cracking.
- Place your cookies on the cookie trays and bake for 12 minutes.
- Let the cookies completely cool and then once cooled you can ice them with your favorite brand of icing!
- Eat the cookies…all the cookies.
A word of advice: don’t make the cookies too adorable looking or you’ll feel incredibly guilty eating their sweet innocent faces. (Or is that just me?)
Until next time cookie lovers!
With so much love (and Christmas spirit!)