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Gingerbread Cookies: Take 2

Whatever cookies I plan to bake for Christmas, Gingerbread Cookies are always on the list.  They are mandatory.  I used the recipe we shared last year for Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies but changed the decorating style, and also tweaked the recipe a tiny bit.  The original recipe asks for 2/3 cups molasses. I used half the amount of molasses and completed the 2/3 cup with honey.  I will bake them this way from now on, the added honey makes them smell and taste even better!

I used white royal icing for the decorations, and little M&M type candies.

I noticed I didn’t provide this tip on the recipe last year.  After you take the dough out of the refrigerator to start rolling it, you do need to apply quite a lot of flour to prevent it from sticking. Otherwise, cutting out the shapes is impossible.   I dusted quite a bit of flour on my counter, placed the dough on top and dusted with flour heavily on top of the dough as well.  I had to do this about 3 times before my dough became workable.  Cutting out shapes was a breeze after that.  Also, divide the dough into two, and keep half in the refrigerator while you cut out shapes from the other half.  This also helps.

Helga

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies are a traditional Christmas treat, they are a mixture of spices, brown sugar and molasses.  Sometimes, I haven’t been able to find molasses, so I use dark corn syrup instead.  The traditional cookie shape for this dough are gingerbread men, but you can make them into stars, or rounds.  I like to drizzle melted chocolate on top, or use royal icing.   You can also try them with a lemon glaze.

This dough will get very soft if you leave it out of the refrigerator, so work in two batches.  Cut the dough in half, cut out the shapes of your first half while the other is in the refrigerator. Otherwise, you will not be able to lift the shapes from your counter.

This year I made snowmen, stars, circles, trees and candy canes with one recipe.  I used royal icing and melted semi sweet chocolate to decorate.

Helga

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Halloween Cookies

What’s a holiday without cookies? There are certain scents that make it feel like it’s the holiday season, and the smell of vanilla when I’m baking cookies in my kitchen always reminds me of the crisp, cold days this season brings. It makes me feel like making hot chocolate and curling in bed with a warm blanket to watch the sunset. (Like I have the time!)

Anyway, you need to learn at least one recipe, and this is a good one.  Basic sugar cookies.  You can use them for Halloween and Christmas this year. I make the royal icing recipe I used for the cookie pops a while back. I am happy to report I have mastered the consistency. Now I need to master straight lines! (My moons are a little shaky). The secret is adding the water a little at a time. The recipe calls for ½ cup of warm water. Add ¼ cup first, beat it and then add a little bit more until you get the right consistency, as it is described on the recipe.

Helga

Halloween Cookies

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