Gingerbread Cookies

Alana

I’m finished my first semester of nursing FINALLY. As a post-finals/pre-Christmas celebration, Theresa, my nursing comrade, suggested a group of us get together and decorate gingerbread cookies! 

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Gingerbread!

Theresa lent me cookie cutters because I don’t have the right one to make the people, but the proportions weren’t quite right. I decided that the best thing to do was make a stencil, though I think you’re supposed to transfer the pattern to wax paper… I was lazy…

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Sitting, drinking wine and egg nog with rum, complaining about our program, and decorating cookies was a pretty excellent way to start the holidays!

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Bubbly red wine: must have for cookie decorating!

I’ve actually never made gingerbread before, so this was definitely a shot in the dark. Even after making gingerbread houses, I’ve never actually tried gingerbread before so I didn’t really know what good gingerbread is supposed to be like, so thank you to whoever Eileen is for her wonderful recipe 🙂

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Eileen’s Spicy Gingerbread Men

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup (115 g) sugar

  • ½ cup molasses

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 cups (300 g) sifted all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and molasses, and mix until combined (scrape down the bowl with a spatula once or twice). 
  2. In a separate bowl combine all the dry ingredients, stir with spoon so everything is distributed evenly.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, blending on low speed until smooth. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle flour onto a clean surface and roll out the dough until it is a quarter inch thick (according to the original recipe). Cut out your shapes using cookie cutters (or stencils).
  5. Bake on a cookie sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper) for 8-10 minutes. 

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