Baking Christmas Gingerbread Cookies!

Hi friends!

Yesterday was pretty busy and filled with Christmas shopping so here’s to 5 more days until Christmas!

Last night I baked some Christmas cookies because I have never actually baked cookies in my entire 18 years of living, oddly enough. I do lots of other baking! Just not cookies haha. I followed this recipe, but I’ll also list the ingredients and steps below for those of you too lazy to click the link!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves (note: I actually didn’t have any of this and my cookies still tasted good so you could do without this if you want!)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) of unsalted butter; room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable shortening; room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup of unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large egg

Steps:

Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt and pepper into a medium sized bowl and put aside for later.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and vegetable shortening with a mixer at a high speed for about 1 minute when they’re well combined. Then, add in the light brown sugar and beat until it is light and brown in texture and color for about 2 minutes and then add in the molasses and egg.
Gradually add the flour mixture from before until it makes a stiff dough.
Divide the dough into two thick plastic disks and refrigerate for about 3 hours (I actually did 2 hours because I was on a time crunch so that works too!)

This is actually where I started preheating the oven so make sure you put the racks on the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Once you remove the disks from the fridge, leave them to sit for about 10 minutes until they are room temperature and able to be worked with without cracking. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and sprinkle some flour on the dough (and your rolling pin if you’re using one!). Roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick and then cut away with your cookie cutters! The website says to place them about an inch apart but you can do a little closer if need be, they don’t grow that much.

I made about 30 cookies with this recipe and my specific cookie cutters (which are actually from Hobby Lobby) but the recipe says it makes about 3 dozen so it could vary depending on your cookie cutter!

I had fun, so I hope you guys enjoy making Christmas cookies!!

Hannah
20 December 2015

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