Well I think it is about time that I posted a seasonally appropriate recipe, don'tcha think? Over the weekend He-man and I went to visit his cousins. Since I try to bring something whenever I am invited to somebody's house, I decided to try out a recipe that I have had my eye on for a couple of weeks. These soft and spicy gingerbread cookies were absolutely scrumptious! I haven't piped frosting onto cookies before so it was fun and exciting to make a batch of royal icing and try this. I didn't have a piping tip or anything - just filled a ziploc bag full of icing and snipped the tip - and it turns out that I have a really shaky hand. And the bag kept bursting open and dripping royal icing down my hand. Soooo, my cookies didn't turn out as pretty as the ones I was trying to imitate, but judging by the reactions of all my cousins-in-law, the difference probably wasn't very noticeable.
Soft and Spicy Gingerbread Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg (*note - I was too timid to do a full 2 tsp of both ginger and cloves so I only did 1 tsp of each, but having made the recipe now I think it would be great with the original amounts, albeit with more spice - its up to you); blend into the molasses mixture until smooth. Cover, and chill for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line with parchment. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Let cool for 10 minutes on pan. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool with Royal Icing and sugar.
2 large egg whites
2 tsp lemon juice
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
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