Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gingerbread Cookies!-I'm Not a Total Failure


So after my major crafting fail on Saturday I really needed some success to pick me up.  My task for our work holiday party last week was to make a ginger cake.  After I made it, I realized I had all the ingredients (like molasses, ginger, allspice, etc) to make gingerbread cookies.  I have never made gingerbread cookies before so I decided to go for it.  I found a gingerbread cookie recipe in The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook that my sister (wut up L-Fab?) gave me for my birthday.

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Here's the recipe-ish...

Gingerbread Men Cookies (based on the recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook)
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter (at room temp)
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses

1-Sift the flour, baking soda and other spices together in one bowl
2-Mix together (with mixer) the butter and brown sugar until fluffy
3-Mix in the egg and molasses
4-Gradually add in a few spoonfuls of the dry ingredients until you have a nice dough
5-Split the dough up into three sections and wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (I only did this for a few hours)
6-Preheat oven to 325 degrees
7-Pull dough out of fridge and let is soften for about 10 minutes
8-Sprinkle surface with flour and roll out the dough (add more flour to the dough so it doesn't stick)
9-Cut gingerbread men shapes out and bake for 10-15 minutes
10-Let the cookies cool and then decorate

Poor little guy lost a leg.
So these turned out pretty well.  I brought some in for my co-workers and they seemed to enjoy them (except the heartbreaking part where you have to eat off the head).  I did not make the royal icing that the cookbook suggested.  Instead I took the easy route and used the quick drying cookie icing from the store.   Overall, these ended up much better than my snowflake etched glasses.

Have you ever made gingerbread cookies?
Do you think Ted Mosby would count these as a Christmas themed movie snack?


Anonymous said...

Definitely a Christmas-themed movie snack...and WAY easier to smuggle in than a whole house!

Shana said...

Totally a Christmas-themed movie snack...and without the subtext of naughty activities in the living room while in the movie!

I love these - they came out great. I don't do rolled cookies because I have no patience for the rolling and cutting.

Unknown said...

omg your pictures are amazing!!!!
i don't think I've made gingerbread cookies... but I did make gingerbread (like cake) then use gingerbread man cookie cutter to make man-shaped cake-bar things! they promptly fell apart, but were good anyway. i had lemon curd on them... YUM.

MariahSmile said...

They are so cute! I am not one for eating the gingerbread cookies but they would make fantastic ornaments for the tree!

Hutch said...

I love that the recipe is Gingerbread Men cookies. I don't think I've ever pluralized it before, but makes sense.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I always find these hard to make but yours turned out super cute!!

Jenni said...

I love ginger bread cookies. Yummy!