Can you believe Christmas is only just under 2 weeks away! I am SO excited! I just love Christmas. With Christmas comes all the music, movies, family, friends and lets not forget the food! Now I love gingerbread everything! So I thought hey why not make your own gingerbread cookies! So that is what I have done!
Alight now before we get into todays post I just need to say that starting this Wednesday (the 14th) I have 12 days of Christmas here! What I am doing is having a Christmas post everyday up until Christmas Day! Let me say that I have been working very hard on the post and I am so excited for them all! So make sure to come back or if you’re forgetful you can always follow my blog via wordpress or email! Just scroll to the end and at the bottom is where you can follow my blog!
Okay now lets just get into todays post!
3 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking soda 3/4 cups unsalted butter (soft)
1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg 1/2 cup molasses
2 cups powder sugar
2-3 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
To make the cookies in a large bowl sift flour, baking soda and all the spices.
In a separate bowl beat the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and the molasses and mix together until nice and smooth. Gradually add in the sifted flour mixture. Separate dough into 2 parts, roll into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a minimum of an hour.
After at least an hour, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Or if you are like myself wait until just a minute before you are ready to put the cookies into the oven.
Let your dough sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Add flour to surface where you will be rolling out your dough. Make sure to also add flour to your rolling pin and roll out your dough to about 1/4 inch thickness or to the thickness you desire. Use your favourite cookie cutter(s). Add your cut out cookies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes, just keep an eye (or two) out to make sure that you don’t burn the cookies. Once out of the oven transfer your cookies to a cooling rack if you have one. I burned my first batch VERY bad, I mean there was smoke and the smoke alarm went off! I found by going thicker and not as long in the over worked best for my oven. Just really keep an eye out on them.
For the icing whisk together all the ingredients until smooth. If you find the icing isn’t thick enough just add some extra powder sugar, if you find your icing is too thick just add some milk. Just do it slowly so you don’t end up with a huge amount of icing! If you want to get all fancy looking you can divide the icing into different bowls and add gel food colouring.
Add your icing to a piping bag and have fun decorating your cookies! Just make sure the cookies are completely cooled down first!
If you make these please make sure to tag me in your pictures or use the hashtag #bakingwitholesya or #olesyamarie so I can see all your yummy gingerbread cookies! Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday for day 1 of 12 days of Christmas!