The fragrant aroma of gingerbread cookies remind me of Christmas.
Let me show you how easy they are to make and decorate like a pro if you follow a simple family recipe and this Instructable which is full of tips, photos and directions to make your cookies not only tasty but a beautiful success!
You'll find these cookies are a great gift idea to give those hard to shop for people. They can be cut with any of your favorite cookie cutters or into simple round shapes and the decorating possibilities are almost endless! You can use a variety of colors and designs to make your cookies extra special.
These gingerbread cookies are not very sweet, so you can either leave them plain, or follow my BONUS RECIPE for Hard-Set Icing and follow the photo filled directions and tips for successful decorating.
So let's get started.
Step 1: Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
For the Gingerbread Cookies you will need:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (plus additional flour for rolling dough)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened (salted, or unsalted & 1/2 tsp. salt)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup golden corn syrup
Additional butter or non-stick spray for cookie sheets. Paper towel to grease sheets.
Tools & Equipment:
You will need 2 large mixing bowls
Electric mixer and beaters (I use a $15 hand mixer)
Measuring cups and spoons
Spatula (to scrape sides of bowl)
Cookie Sheets (2 is preferred, but one is fine as long as you allow it to cool between batches)
Cookie Cutter(s) (or a small round glass or container to cut out simple round shapes)
Spatula or cake server (or a simple butter spreader to transfer cookies)
Oven Mitts or Pot holders
Wire Rack (to cool cookies) or a cool paper towel lined pan.
Optional Items (used in tips)
Wax Paper & packing tape
Tip 1: For successful rolling of dough, keep your rolling pin in the freezer!
Hard-Set Icing Recipe & Decorating Tips Follow the Gingerbread Cookie Recipe!