Android Gingerbread




Introduction: Android Gingerbread

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Step 1: Making the Cutters

I like to use lasers whenever I can because it makes me sound cooler than I am.  And, having this giant laser cutter at work makes it even easier!  So of course, I laser cut some templates to make cookie cutters.

I made a bunch of different sizes, and chose my favorites.

Then I used some hose clamps (thanks everyone for helping me identify them!)  which bent with only moderate force around the templates.  

The first one I closed with twist-ties, but by the time I did the robot, I got smart.

Step 2: The Recipe

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (360g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (165g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  • In a large mixer bowl cream together butter and  brown sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add egg and mix on medium speed until well blended.
  • Add molasses and vanilla and mix until well blended.
  • Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.

Step 3: Cut & Bake

Preheat oven to 375F (190c)

After the dough is chilled, roll it out on a well-floured surface.  The dough is soft and sticky enough to support the amount of flour it will take to roll out evenly.

When dough is around 1/4" thick (your preference!), cut out your shapes, and place them well spaced on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating pan half-way through baking time.  You can see from the pictures how much they puff up!

Step 4: Make the Icing

  • 1/4 cup meringue powder
  • 1/2 cold water
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
This is the first time I've used meringue powder to make Royal Icing, and it was dead easy.  

  • Add 1/4 cup of powder to 1/2 cup cold water and beat until stiff peaks form.  
  • Sift in 4 cups of powdered sugar and beat until the icing reaches desired consistency.

Step 5: Decorate

Decorating cookies is hard!  This was one of those things I just thought I would naturally be good at, but that was not the case.  I made a mess!

Here's basically what I did:
  • Using a piping bag, I piped an outline of icing around each cookie to define its features.
  • Then I put the cookies in the fridge for the icing to firm up.
  • Next, I dyed the icing in the colors I wanted and thinned them down a little with water.
  • First I tried piping the color into the areas I wanted, and later I switched to using an offset spatula to apply the colored icings.
  • Using the offset spatula or a toothpick, I pushed the icing up to the edges of the piped outlines.

It took a while, and robots are esp. hard I've decided.

Well, it was fun and delicious, so I hope you enjoy!

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    75 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Awww, just so cute!!!! And tasty, probably! Now comes the time for an ice-cream sandwitch.

    The Ideanator
    The Ideanator

    9 years ago on Step 6

    It looks like *puts on sunglasses* they were iced


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    LMAO .. nice one "H"... he could make "im going to mcdonalds" sound dramatic...

    The Ideanator
    The Ideanator

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    I still think that one was hilarious.


    9 years ago on Step 6

    Android more powerful than the instructables robot?! tune in next weak!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I know this kind of negates the whole "gingerbread" part, but other cookie doughs won't puff up as much and will retain a cutout shape better.

    THAT being said, I want a lazer cutter. ;_; I want to make my own cookie cutters like that now...I have to do it the ghetto way and bend already bought cutters. XD


    9 years ago on Step 6

    Android web brower has cookie issue.