Sunday, December 9, 2012

Gingerbread cookies


3 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg at room temperature
2/3 cups molasses

We can use a paddle attachment in the stand mixer or hand mixer to make the dough.
Beat butter till it is creamy, add sugar and beat till the mixture is light and fluffy.  
Add the egg and beat.  
Spray the container with oil spray before measuring molasses so it doesn't stick to the measuring cup.  Then add the molasses to the mixture and combine.
Add the sifted dry ingredient 1/3rd at a time to the wet mixture.  After adding and mixing all the flour, gather the dough into a ball and cut it into two parts before covering it with a plastic wrap.  Leave the dough in the fridge to chill overnight or until it is firm so it can be easily rolled.

Flour the surface, rolling pin, cookie cutters and hands well with flour and roll the dough about 1/2" thick.  Keep turning and lifting the dough so it doesn't stick.
Prepare a tray with parchment paper and butter before placing the cut shapes.  Space about 1"between the cookies and leave the tray in the fridge for about 10 minutes before baking.  Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 8 to 10 minutes.  The cookies should barely brown around edges if baked too much it will become too crispy.  Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.
The cookies will stay well covered for up to two weeks.  This Gingerbread cookies recipe is adapted from Joy of Baking.  Here is how my children helped bake and decorate these cookies.  
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38 comments:

  1. I like baked goodies with ginger. And these look lovely.

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  2. Your gingerbread man looks so happy, and very tasty, lol. It's hard to believe another year has gone by so quickly and that holiday baking has already begun!

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  3. Cute and yummy cookies,perfectly baked.

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  4. Looks delicious...very tempting

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  5. Ginger Goddie is looking awesome. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee

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  6. Cute cookies and I love gingerbread cookies!

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  7. Hi Akheela, your gingerbread cookies look sooo cute. Love the cinnamon scent. ;)

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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  8. So cutie cookie....
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  9. I love gingerbread! I don't think there is anything more to say :D

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  10. Perfectly baked ones ! My little one is asking for quiet sometime now for this ginger bread man...Thanks for sharing .

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  11. Perfectly baked ones ! My little one is asking for quiet sometime now for this ginger bread man...Thanks for sharing .

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  12. Flavorful cookies... Would love to have a bite.

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  13. Those cookies are just perfect. They look and smell Christmas!!
    Kisses
    Rita

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  14. Cute cookies.. look perfect!

    Regards,
    Bindu
    http://indianrecipegalleri.blogspot.in/

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  15. I can't get enough gingerbread this time of year, in any form. We're celebrating holiday recipes on the Shine Supper Club this month and a recipe like this would be a perfect contribution. I hope you'll join us!

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  16. Cute and adorable cookies, prefectly done.

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  17. Aww...these gingerbreadmen are so cute!! I've always wanted to make some, but I don't like gingerbread so there's not much of a point! :(

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  18. cookies looks very tempting and is making me hungry!
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  19. The cookies look cute..its time I baked some for me!

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  20. such cute cookies, very well made.

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  21. Beautiful and festive gingerbreads.

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  22. I just adore Gingerbread and have yet to master this cookie! Will give this a try:)

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  23. These are darling!! My youngest loves gingerbread men...if I have time, I really should treat him to a batch :)

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  24. woww...alwayz i open by blog by thinking u wl surprise me with ur awesome photography..this time also the same feel..it looks amazing yaar :)

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  25. Very cute cookies. My daughters have been asking me to bake some so that they can decorate them.

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  26. Oh, I totally forgot about making gingerbread cookies. These look great, good idea :)

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  27. lovely cookies..so much in the spirit of the festivity. Was wondering a substitute for molasses

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  28. Hi There, Wow...this recipe is looking Wonderful and I'm loving it so much. t is looking so good with all the lovely pictures and write up as well. I have been here after a while but enjoyed scrolling through your rest of the wonderful recipes.Today only I was wandering what to make, Got it now! I can't wait to try it on my island. Thanks for sharing awesome recipes.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy holidays !!!
    Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

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