A couple of days ago my boys and I made these Gingerbread Cookies together. Making these cookies together was one of the sweetest moments we have ever shared together. It was about mid afternoon, we had Christmas music on the radio, the tree was lit, and there was NO fighting between the boys!?!?! Say What???? It was PERFECT! The boys helped me with the whole process and they were so good and sweet. I don’t mean to sound like my boys are bad boys, but they are 20 months a part in age and seem to always be bickering about something the other one wants. Or one of them is looking at the other one funny or breathing in the other ones direction. I mean the things they find to fight about is just plain crazy! But at this moment the Christmas spirit was ever so present and I will forever remember cooking these Gingerbread Cookies with them.
Now, however full our hearts were at that moment I’m not sure I can say how confident I am with our cookie decorating skills! I wish that you would be able to tell which ones they decorated and which ones I decorated, but I’m afraid you can’t! Those bags of icing aren’t as easy to maneuver as one would think. HA! But that is beside the point today, and I have a new skill that I am going to try my hardest to master. Plus, I believe we have started a new tradition in our house that we will all look forward to year after year.
Do you make Gingerbread Cookies at Christmas? This recipe is delicious and a must try! The dough is super easy to work with and not to sticky. You do need to have enough time to let the dough sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours. By doing this it makes the dough easier to work with. So Yummy!
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1¾ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 6 tablespoons butter
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in a bowl until well combined.
- Beat together your butter, brown sugar, and egg. For this step I used my mixer on medium speed until it was well combined.
- Add your molasses and vanilla to the wet mixture. Mix well.
- I turned my mixer to a low speed and then added all of my dry ingredient mixture slowly until smooth.
- Divide your dough in half and place into two separate bowls. Cover in plastic wrap and let sit for 1-2 hours. You want for the dough to reach room temperature. Be sure not to leave it out on the counter much more than two hours because it has a raw egg in it.
- While the dough is reaching room temp preheat your oven to 375.
- Line 1-2 cookie sheets with Parchment paper.
- When the dough is ready, lightly flour a surface that you will roll your dough onto. Lightly flour your rolling pin as well.
- Roll your dough out to about ¼ inch thick.
- Cut out your cookies. We used our favorite Christmas shapes.
- Place cookies on lined cookie sheets and bake from 7-10 minutes or until they reach the consistency you like your cookie. We like our cookies soft so we only cooked ours 7 minutes and they were perfect!
- Let your cookies cool.
- Ice them however you wish. I used a Royal Icing recipe on ours.
Have a Merry Christmas, and thank you all for being here with me through out the year!