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Easy Kid-Approved Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas time is here and so is all those holiday cookies! We love cookies in this house…especially when you can use cookie cutters. I normally go with our sugar cookie recipe, but wanted to go another route this past weekend: gingerbread.

Gingerbread cookies can be difficult for some kids to love on taste alone. Their ‘spicy’ taste is off setting for most. This recipe was perfect for my kids, giving both a soft and not-so-spicy cookie. I would say this gingerbread cookie is like taking a shortbread cookie and mixing it with a gingerbread cookie. Of course my daughter further approved our buttercream frosting on top ?

Another great thing about these cookies is the fact you can freeze them! I made a big batch and froze half of them for closer to Christmas. These cookies freeze well: cook, cool and freeze for up to 6 weeks. Make sure to freeze the cookies prior to frosting them. The cookie dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

 

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we did! Merry Christmas too all!


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Easy Kid-Approved Gingerbread Cookies Yum
These kid approved gingerbread cookies are both soft and mild as well as perfect for cookie cutter. This recipe is a great addition to those holiday cookies.
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9-11 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
Dozen
Ingredients
Baking and Spices
Condiments
Dairy/Refridgerated
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9-11 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
Dozen
Ingredients
Baking and Spices
Condiments
Dairy/Refridgerated
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes
  2. While butter and sugars are being creamed, sift all the dry ingredients in a large bowl; I have found that a whisk does this just nicely if a sifter is not within reach
  3. Add egg, vanilla, white vinegar, and molasses to creamed butter/sugars
  4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients, pouring in a small amount at a time.
  5. Once the dough is formed, half it and place each half in plastic wrap or inside a ziploc bag. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill for at least 1 hour. At this point, you could leave the dough in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  6. While dough is chilling, preheat oven to 350.
  7. After chilling time, roll out the dough, 1/2" thick, onto a lightly floured surface. Do this in small batches. We used a small gingerbread cookie cutter perfect for small hands to cut all our gingerbread men out. Place the cut out cookies on to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes. As soon as I notice the edges of the cookie looking a tad bit darker (I know, harder to tell with darker colored cookies), I know they are done!
  9. Continue do this, small batches at a time-leaving the remainder dough in the refrigerator. This is a key step in getting those perfect cookie cutter cookies!
  10. Allow the cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes before icing/decorating. At this step, once cookies have completely cooled, you can freeze any extra cookies that you are not wanting to decorate just yet. Place these non-decorated cookies in a freezer ziploc bag and freeze for up to 6 weeks!
Recipe Notes

Make sure to keep dough chilled in between cookie cutting...this gives to more perfect cookie cutter cookies. I have even placed my cookie sheet into the fridge with cut-out cookie dough to allow for some extra chilling if I feel they have gotten to soft while waiting for all the other cookies to be cut: prevents the spreading of those cookies!

If freezing the cooked cookies, make sure they are not decorated!

If you want a more 'spicy' cookie, use cooking dark molasses rather than basic dark molasses.

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