Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Making of Gingerbread Cookies

One of our beloved Christmas traditions is the making of gingerbread cookies. We have been doing this every Christmas for the past twenty years. The children all look forward to making and eating these delicious and nutritious cookies. (Notice the absence of sugar in the recipe!) This annual event also invites the taking of many pictures, as you will soon see!! :)

Gingerbread Cookies

1/3 cup water
1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup butter
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (can use whole wheat)
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups molasses
pinch of salt
tube of white decorator icing

1. Combine water, shortening, and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until shortening melts.

2. Combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt in mixing bowl. Add shortening mixture, stirring together well. Stir in molasses; mix well.

3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill.

4. Divide dough in half. Store one half in refrigerator while you work with the other half.

5. Roll out dough. Cut out with gingerbread cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets.

6. Press raisins into dough for buttons, if desired.

7. Bake at 350 degrees F for ten minutes. (Do not overbake!) Cookies will be soft and chewy.

8. Move to wire racks to cool.

9. When cool, decorate with basic white icing. Store in airtight container.

Here are just a few of the pictures that were taken of this fun event!!

What baking traditions do you have at your house?


Samantha said...

I hate to tell you the absence of sugar may be lost in the icing! LOL! Looks like you had fun!

mommyx12 said...

So fun. Our big cookie day is sugar cookies. I'm sure my children would jump ship if I left the sugar out. I love gingerbread cookies but I never make them because I am the only who will eat them and that is not a good idea.

It looks like the kids had tons of fun. And there are never too many pictures in my opinion.

busymomof10 said...


True about the icing! When I decorate the gingerbread boys and girls, I just put two dots of icing for the eyes and a thin smile. Looking at the pictures, I see that the kids were going a bit crazy with the icing, but that is part of the fun!! Right? Anyway, I don't claim that these are totally sugar free and perfectly healthy -- just that they are a good bit healthier than the rest of our Christmas baking!!! :)

busymomof10 said...


We make sugar cookies too, but I'm not satisfied with our sugar cookie recipe. Can you share yours??

Julie said...

Oh, my MIL has the BEST sugar cookie recipe! Here you go:

2 cup sugar
2 sticks butter
2 tablespoons of milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla.

Cream sugar and butter; add milk, eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add enough flour to make a stiff dough. Roll out and cut. Bake at 325* until lightly browned.

Let me know if you try them and how they turn out :)

busymomof10 said...

Thanks Julie! I will definitely give those a try! Can you give me an idea how much flour you would use with that recipe just as a starting point? Like maybe about 4 cups?

Rebecca's Refining said...

Looks like you had a great time!! I am anxious for our school break so we can have some fun here!!! :)We haven't been able to start "celebrating" yet....everyone is too busy trying to get school work completed.
At least I have the tree up!!! :)

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