Family Bakes: Gingerbread Cookies

Molasses is a Christmas smell I cannot go without, and that’s how gingerbread makes it on our Bakes list every year. This year…this year was a milestone. After a brief rolling demo for Saoirse the girls rolled, cut, decorated and piped every cookie. I’ve been relegated to oven duty! Love my little bakers.

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Tip: use confectioners sugar instead of flour when rolling out your cookies. It provides just enough nonstick, absorbs, and does leave that dusty, raw floury taste.

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GINGERBREAD COOKIES
(yields 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on size of cutter)

3 1/4 cups AP flour
1 TBS ground cinnamon
1 TBS ground ginger
3/4 TSP baking soda
3/4 TSP ground cloves
1/2 TSP ground nutmeg
1/2 TSP salt
3/4 C butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 C unsulfured molasses
1 1/2 TSP vanilla extract
zest of one orange

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, cloves, salt & nutmeg.

  2. In a large mixer, beat the butter, sugar and zest together on medium speed until light and fluffy.

  3. Add the eggs, molasses and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until combined.

  4. Reduce mixer speed to low, gradually adding the flour mixture until just combined.

  5. Divide the dough into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 2 or more hours.

  6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F and line your baking sheets with parchment.

  7. Dust your work surface and rolling pin with confectioner’s sugar. Roll the dough evenly just over 1/8-inch thick. Cut into shapes, re-rolling the dough as needed. Move the cut cookies to the baking sheets and decorate with sprinkles and/or just bake and ice them!

  8. Bake for 8- 10 minutes, then allow them to cool a few minutes on the sheet pan before transferring to a cooling rack. Decorate cooled cookies with icing.

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ICING:

2 C confectioners sugar
2-3 TBS milk
1/4 TSP vanilla extract

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth, only adding as much milk is needed to achieve piping consistency.

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What they’re wearing:

Ellie: Fin & Vince forest henley, Fin & Vince suspender skirt, bows by Chloe Jean bows

Saoirse: Fin & Vince forest henley, Fin & Vince Mabel dress, bows by Kate Elise bows