Christmas is just days away. If you are one of the lucky few who are fully prepared and have done all your shopping, then it’s time to enjoy the time by baking some amazing and festive gingerbread cookies. They are really simple to make, super delicious, and they are fantastically fun to decorate.
When it comes to Christmas with all its glory, gingerbread cookies and gingerbread house kits tend to go hand in hand. It is claimed that gingerbread was brought to Europe in as early as 992 AD. Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis left modern-day western Greece to stay and teach gingerbread baking to French Christians in North Central France for seven years.
Flash forward to the 18th century, gingerbread came to America with European settlers. Since molasses was less expensive than sugar, it was used and became a common ingredient while producing a softer cake.
If you prefer your cookies to be soft and chewy, don’t over bake them.
What You Need:
- 1/2 Cup Softened Butter
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp Ginger
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/3 Cup Molasses
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- Icing Sugar To Dust Tops
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, which will make it easier to remove the cookies once they have cooled. Mix all the ingredients together well. You may use a standing mixer, or crumble everything together with your hands. Roll into desired sized balls, and place on the cookie sheet. Leave about 2 inches between each cookie, and bake them for 8-10 minutes. Once the cookies are completely cooled, dust the tops with a bit of icing sugar. You won’t want to dust while they are warm, as they will sink into the cookie, getting rid of the dusting appearance.
Making a simple and yet delicious gingerbread cookie is easy. If you wish to make shapes or gingerbread people, flatten out the mixture getting ready for your stencils and cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. You will still want to leave space between each cookie, as you don’t want them to over lap while baking. Whether you’re baking normal shaped cookies, or gingerbread people and Christmas shapes, they shouldn’t expand that much.
While your cookies are baking, this is the perfect time to get your decorating items out and ready for use. You will need to wait for them to cool, but being prepared helps. Just make sure to watch the clock so you don’t over bake them. Decorate by yourself, or get your friends and family to help and make a fun holiday tradition out of the experience.
With a recipe like this, you won’t have a need to go out and buy already made cookies for the holiday anymore. Sink your teeth into the Christmas season with a recipe anyone can follow.