Gingerbread cookies make for a fun family baking day. Use any shape cookie cutter you want and decorate to your heart’s desire. Baking as a family is one of the most memorable moments of our childhood. Share laughter with a dusting of flour on your nose and your hands full of cookie dough.
Cream butter,egg & sugars, molasses: In a bowl add the butter and the sugars. Mix on medium speed about 2 minutes. Add in the egg (1) and molasses. Combine.
Add the flour mix: Add the flour mix and beat together just until combine (do not over mix).
Cool the dough: Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, at least 1 hour or up to three days.
Roll the dough: Preheat oven to 350 F. Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit out for 5 – 10 minutes until the dough is supple enough to roll.
Lightly flour the counter. Place the dough on the lightly floured work surface. Dust flour on the dough. Roll the dough to about ¼ – 1/8 inch thick. Dust more flour onto the dough if it is sticking to the roller.
Cut the dough & bake: Cut the dough with the help of a cookie cutter and transfer the cookie onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Use a spatula if necessary. Gather the dough scraps and knead into a ball, then roll out and cut again, adding more flour as necessary. Repeat until scraps are used up.
Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they feel firm. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes until set, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Make the icing & decorate: While waiting for the cookies to cool, place the icing sugar in a small bowl. Add the water or milk 1 tbsp at a time, combining between each addition, until the icing is soft. You can place the icing in a small piping bag or use tooth picks to decorate the cookies.
When the cookies are cooled, decorate using a tooth pick or small piping bag. Let the icing set and store the cookies in an airtight container.
|sugars: sugar, brown sugar||1/3 cup|
|flour mix: flour, ground ginger, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, salt, ground clove, black pepper||1 1/3 cup + 2 1/2 tsp|
|milk or water||1 - 2 tbsp|
|flour for dusting||2 - 3 tbsp|
Ask the child to help by completing steps 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6.
Hello! We are Catherine & Annie, sisters & co-founders of ZestyKits.
Before we could walk, our mother sat us on the counter while she baked cookies and bites for our family. We were always comfortable in the kitchen and have developed a passion for flavourful, easy & healthy food. We moved to Saskatchewan from Montreal, Quebec 15 years ago. We fell in love with the amazing products created here in Saskatchewan and want to bring fresh, local baking to all of Canada.
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