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Soft Gingerbread Cookies with a simple sugar glaze are the cookie of the season! Delicate, spicy-sweet flavors and fun shapes please both kids and adults. Talk about something to be thankful for…
Ingredients for Gingerbread Cookie Dough:
1 cup salted butter
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar (6 tablespoons)
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
1 3/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
Ingredients for the Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp half n’ half (cream or milk)
sprinkles, chocolates or candies for decorating (if desired)
Notes: Makes approximately 2 dozen 3 inch cookies. This recipe is not suitable for Gingerbread House making. These are soft cookies.
Make the cookie dough.
1) In an electric mixer, cream butter and add brown sugar.
2) Add ginger, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, baking soda and pinch of salt.
3) Mix well and scrape down sides of mixer bowl to ensure all the spices are incorporated. The dough should be fluffy and well combined.
4) Add egg and molasses. Mix well.
5) Add flour and mix on low until combined. Dough will be sticky.
6) Place dough in a container and refrigerate several hours or overnight for best results. The spices will ripen as the dough proofs.
Make the cookies:
1) Generously flour a wooden board and rolling pin. You will find this dough to be more delicate and much stickier than a typical sugar cookie dough.
2) Cut out shapes, place on baking sheet. Bake in a 325 (F) oven for 7-9 minutes. For softer cookies, do not allow to brown. Makes 2 dozen 3 inch cookies. Recipe doubles and freezes well.
NO GLAZE, NO GLORY!
Allow baked cookies to cool before glazing. Combine powdered sugar and half n’ half to make glaze. For a thicker glaze use more sugar and less liquid. The easiest method is to dip each cookie, top-side down, into glaze and carefully lift out. Place on cookie cooling rack and allow excess glaze to drip off.
To decorate cookies with glaze, fill a plastic bag with glaze and snip the tip. Decorate as desired.
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Link to the The Cookie Confession blog post.