Gingerbread cookies are THE Classic Christmas Cookie! The aroma fills the house to create the mood of the holidays. Simple decorations turn these delicious cookies into something festive and beautiful! Plus, let the kids get excited and decorate the classic shaped Gingerbread Men.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 ¼ cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375°. Cream the butter and sugar together at high mixer speed. Gradually add the molasses, eggs and vanilla. Sift the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg together. Measure 5 cups even cups of flour. Reduce the mixer speed and gradually add the flour mixture. Divide the dough into three portions, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.
Roll cold dough to about 1/4 inch thick, cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet (preferably lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper). Bake 6 – 8 minutes. Larger cookies may take longer. Cool on a rack and decorate.
The glaze used to decorate (1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon light corn syrup, 1 teaspoon milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract).
Store your decorated cookies in an air-tight container. Sweet Stackers layer your beautiful decorated cookies to keep them looking beautiful! The trays and risers are reusable and insert into a variety of containers you may already own. Decorate your cookies right on the trays and lower them into your container – a great way to save space on your crowded kitchen countertops! Plus, it makes it easy to transport “hard to transport” cookies, like jam filled or decorated cookies, to a holiday party and keeps them looking great!
Rubbermaid’s 1 gallon Take Alongs container is pictured with Sweet Stackers 7.75 x 11 inch tray set. Get three layers of decorated cookies in this container!