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Gingerbread Cookies

Guest Author - Sandy Moyer


Gingerbread People


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Preparation-
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter or margerine, molasses and beaten egg. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add this to to the first mixture. Beat at medium speed until well-blended. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough 1/8" thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheets, leaving a 1" space between each cookie. if you plan to hang the cookies, use a thin plastic drinking straw, to make a hole in the top of each cookie. Insert raisins, small candies, etc. for buttons, eyes, nose, etc. Bake in a preheated oven for 8 minutes at 350º or until lightly browned. Remove from the cookie sheets and place on wire racks to cool. Decorate with royal icing when completely cool. Tie a small piece of thin ribbon through the hole for hanging.

Royal Icing

Preparation -
Beat the egg whites until
stiff. Add other ingredients and beat at the highest speed of an electric mixer for several minutes. Fill a cake decorator/pastry bag with the amount of icing you think you need. Keep the remaining icing in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. This hardens very fast. To prevent clogging while using it, wrap the decorator tip in a moist paper towel whenever you lay it down, even for just few minutes.


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Content copyright © 2014 by Sandy Moyer. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Sandy Moyer. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Allyson Elizabeth DŽAngelo for details.

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