Well, we are a week into December so I feel it is officially time for…CHRISTMAS COOKIES!!! Typically, in my family, we like to keep it simple and just make plain gingerbread cookies (so that between the chocolate chip shortbread and decadent lemon squares people have something a little simpler to turn to). But this time around my friend and I decided to go decorating-mad so icing and assorted candy abounded. This recipe yields the perfect amount and is very easy to follow. I hope you get a chance to make your very own over-decorated treats this holiday season!
Makes 20-24 depending on cookie-cutter size
- 1/2 cup margarine (or butter or shortening)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. In a large bowl cream together margarine and sugar. Stir in molasses and egg.
2. In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.
3. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well.
4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let sit in fridge for an hour.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take dough out of fridge. Flour a rolling pin and cutting board.
6. Roll dough flat to about 1/4 inch in thickness. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out the cookies. You will end up with discarded dough – just put it back in a ball, roll it again and keep cutting.
7. Lay tin foil on a pan and place cookies on top. Place tray in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
8. While the cookies cool, stir together icing sugar, milk and vanilla. If consistency isn’t quite right, keep adding icing sugar and milk to make it more or less runny. Transfer to a piping bag.
9. Once cookies are completely cooled you can ice and decorate at will!
I also have to share with you some of my favorite cookies because I’ve never decorated like this before!
This one has a candy star and chocolate covered sunflower seeds:
This one has chewy sugar candies as garlands:
And this one might look funny but he’s covered in sprinkles and has Nerds for a mouth so you can’t help but love him:
Hope you enjoy your Christmas baking as much as I did!