When I was a child, my mom and I made gingerbread cookies every year in preparation for Christmas. Then our family of four would decorate them with royal icing, mini M&Ms, and sprinkles.This year I decided to bake both gingerbread and sugar cookies. (The sugar cookies didn’t turn out great, so I’ll try another batch next year. Does anyone have any suggestions?)
Mr. Handsome and I decorated a few batches, and I did another round of decorating with friends. Scroll down for pictures and tutorials.
Do you enjoy decorating holiday cookies? What types of cookies do you make, and how do you decorate them?
Old-Fashioned Soft Gingerbread Cookies
- 1 1/2 cup dark molasses 1-12 ounce jar
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2/3 cup water, room temperature
- 1/3 cup butter
- 6-1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
Mix molasses, brown sugar, water, and butter until smooth.
Sift remaining ingredients, and add to molasses mixture, using a fork to stir. (You might need to use your hands towards the end, as the dough becomes heavy)
Cover dough tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours or more.
Remove dough from refrigerator, and roll ¼ inch thick onto wax paper or floured surface. (Make sure rolling pin has been floured.) Cut shapes with cookie cutters that have been dipped in flour.
Place cookies 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Use your finger to lightly press cookies. If indentation stays, bake another 1-2 minutes.
Place cookies on cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
Mr. Handsome’s sassy snowmen…
A few days later, I gathered with several ladies from our Bible study to decorate more cookies. Everyone brought three dozen of their favorite type of cookie, as well as supplies for decorating. We had crushed candy canes, melted chocolate in squeeze containers, nuts, coconut flakes, and tons of sprinkles. I brought royal icing, and another gal brought cream cheese icing. It was a blast!
One of the ladies has a seven-year-old boy, and he also enjoyed taking part in our cookie decorating. He requested that I take a picture of his plate for my blog…
Do you follow me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nashvillewife/)? Last week, I posted a time-lapse video of my cookie decorating. Check it out below: