It’s the holiday season and nothing tastes more like Christmas than making a fresh, spicy scented batch of gingerbread cookies! The dough may be made up days ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator. It can be ready any time the kids are ready to bake and decorate. There are many different ways to use this recipe. Of course gingerbread men ( and ladies) are the classic, but this dough also works great for gingerbread house construction. Make smaller gingerbread men to adorn and embellish your favorite cupcakes to create the perfect holiday treat for kids’ parties and neighborhood gatherings. For more recipes and decorating tips and to see a beautiful image of our holiday gingerbread cupcakes go to our online shop at www.kidscookingshop.com .
If you are in Austin, check-out our retail store – Kids Cook! on Far West Blvd. 512-346-3333 www.kidscookaustin.com and register for some of our creative holiday classes and workshops. You can also drop by anytime we are open ( M-S 10-5) and let your child create a Food Treat at our exclusive Food Treat Activity Center…You never need to register…just walk-in anytime and enjoy a mini cooking lesson!
Gingerbread Cookie Cut-Outs
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup molasses
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Powdered sugar for rolling out dough
Assorted candies and decorating sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, egg, and molasses.
Stir in dry ingredients and mix completely. Cover bowl and put in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or until needed and up to 1 week.
Take out small portions, about 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup, of the cookie dough, and roll out 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness. Use powdered sugar instead of flour to roll out cookie dough. It won’t toughen cookies as flour does if too much is used.
Decorate cookies using candy and sprinkles.
Bake on a foil-lined cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on size of cookie.
Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then carefully remove. Cool another 10 minutes before using icing.
You’ll jump for joy with every bite!