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Decorated Gingerbread Cookies

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.

Sweet Stackers decorated cookie storage

Gingerbread Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 ¼ cup molasses
2 eggs
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).

Sweet Stackers decorated gingerbread cookies.

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!

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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!

Visit sweetstackers.com to learn more about this handy product!
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Bubble Cookies & The Taste Test

My niece turned 2 and she was celebrating with a Bubble Guppies tv show theme.  She is already recognizing her letters, so I wanted to make small bubble shaped cookies spelling out “Bubble Guppies”.  I thought she would enjoy that.  The rest of the cookies were bubbles!  They were glazed with pastel colors pink, blue and white.  These would be cute & easy for any spring or summer theme too!

…and now for the taste test!

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The Taste Test

My theory was put to the test!  During the decorating process, cookies should be stored in an air-tight container to keep them fresh.  I have heard many people say that they leave their cookies out of their kitchen counter top to let the cookies dry completely.  Hence, my taste test.  I reserved a few extra cookies to leave them out to dry overnight.  With the large batch of cookies, I followed the instruction below.  As there is success with safely letting the icing dry, the cookies also dry out during this process.  First thing in the morning, I tasted a cookie that sat out all night and a cookie from the container.  The overnight cookie had a crunchy texture and a slightly different taste.  Definitely not a fresh, soft texture like the one that was stored in the air-tight container!

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Instructions for Storing Decorated Cookies

  • Once the cookies cooled completely after coming out of the oven, they were placed in an air-tight container until I was ready to decorate.
  • During the decorating process, I placed 12 cookies in the bottom of my container and 12 more on each Sweet Stackers tray.   I glazed the cookies with a thin layer of icing (mixing 1 cup confectioner’s sugar and 1-2 tablespoons milk). 
  • Place the risers carefully in between the cookies and lower each tray into the container.  I was able to fit 36 – 2.5″ cookies in one 9×12″ container in three layers without the cookies touching each other.  Placed the lid on the container to dry.
  • After drying, I then embellished with a thicker combination of icing.  Piped the dots to imitate the reflection of light on each bubble.  Then piping the letters in blue.  Again, placing the layers of cookies back into the container and sealed to keep them fresh!

Sweet Stackers are for more than just cookies!  Visit sweetstackers.com to get more ideas on how to use them.