Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies
There are not many cookies that cry out CHRISTMAS TIME more than a good Gingerbread Cookie. This is my sister in law Mary’s recipe. They are soft, flavorful, and wonderful. Hope you enjoy them!For some great tips on putting a glaze on cookies such as these you can go to Lovin from the Oven. Frieda is the blogger there and she has so many great recipes and wonderful tips. Check out her site, it’s wonderful!

Gingerbread Cookies
Time: 1 1/2 hours
Yield: about 60 cookies
Recipe from Mary Ehrhart

1/3 C shortening
1 C brown sugar
1 1/2 C dark molasses
2/3 C cold water
6 C flour
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 t allspice
1 t ginger
1 t cloves
1 t cinnamon
3 C powdered sugar
2 T soft butter
6-8 T milk
1/2 t vanilla
dash salt
red hots (optional)
1. Combine shortening, brown sugar and molasses together in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
2. Add the cold water and mix.
3. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture and mix.
5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
6. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, until it’s about 1/2 inch thick.
7. Cut out the dough with cookie cutters.
8. Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes. Take them out of the oven when they are just a bit underdone. Let them finish cooking on the hot cookie sheet for about 2 more minutes. This will help them stay soft!
9. Make the glaze by beating all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.  Be sure the cookies have cooled before you put the glaze on. Decorate the cookies as desired.
Merry Christmas!

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  1. 1
    December 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    You got me ready to bake:) The hubs picked up some mini gingerbread cookies at Target last night! But these looook waaaaayyyyy better:)

  2. 2
    December 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    So pretty! Thanks for the props ~ Ü

    • 3
      February 8, 2014 at 3:20 am

      I bring the kid to all sorts of things when I can, but I toltlay understand and agree that this sort of event wouldn’t be one of them. Besides the constant refrain of “Can we go now?” which would prevent any real participation on my part, even if they had a designated play/care area, I’d be distracted, wanting to periodically (constantly) check on the kid. Picking a holiday for this event is probably an attempt to “help”, but the alternative of having to take off work to see it if it had been scheduled during the work week isn’t great, either. Hmmm…

  3. 4
    December 8, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Gee I wish I could cook like you. I love the gingerbread trees. Yummy.

  4. 5
    December 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Hi Jamie!

    Looks like you are quite the baker as well as cook. We just launched a cookbook contest at Foodista and I think you should enter- you've got a great blog and a great chance to win!

    Melissa Peterman

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