rich gingerbread cookies

rich gingerbread cookies

My Thanksgiving holiday tradition is baking this rich gingerbread cookie recipe. I package the brightly decorated cookies to keep in my freezer and will use them as hostess gifts throughout the holiday season. I favor this recipe because it doesn’t hold back on flavor and creates a cookie strong enough to avoid breaking in transport. The line-up of frosted cookies is such a gratifying accomplishment.

rich gingerbread cookies

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Serves: Makes about 36 gingerbread men (and women) 4” tall Cooking Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 3¾ flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • Glaze:
  • 1 (16 ounce) box confectioner's sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

1

In large bowl or food processor fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in egg and molasses.

2

In medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Add to wet ingredients and mix until dough forms a ball.

3

Chill several hours or overnight.

4

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

5

Bring dough to room temperature, roll out and cut into shapes a little less than ¼” thick.

6

Arrange shapes on cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Watch carefully to avoid burning.

7

Cool on wire rack and pipe on icing or dip in glaze and allow to dry on rack.

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1 Comment

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    Lorelle Shearer
    November 23, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    I can attest – these are really good and delightful decorated!

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