Saturday, November 6, 2010

Gingerbread Cookies For The Tree

Gingerbread cookies make wonderful tree decorations. Not only do they look decorative but they add a wonderful aroma to your Christmas celebration. You can make them in the traditional gingerbread man shape or use a different shape for a themed tree.

6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup molasses
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon; set aside.

2.In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, until they are completely absorbed. Divide dough into 3 pieces, pat down to 1 1/2 inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

3.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Use raisins for eyes and a piece of red licorice for a mouth. Buttons down the front can be either raisins or cinnamon candy.

5.Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. When the cookies are done, use a plastic straw to make a hole at the top for a ribbon or string hanger. Cool cookies on parchment paper or clean newspaper.

If cookies will be consumed after hanging on the tree, you might want to wrap them in clear cellophane wrap or thin plastic bag. Gather the wrap at the top and tie with ribbon that can be used as hanger as well. If you don't wrap cookies, they will definitely need a dusting unless consumed quickly.
If you will not be eating the cookies, you can add a little extra spice for that little more wonderful ginger smell.
[posted by Karen Robbins]


Anonymous said...

I will never forget visiting colonial Williamsburg one Christmas and being served warm Gingerbread cookies. They smelled heavenly!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Nothing says Christmas quite so much as gingerbread boys! I love the look of them on a tree or hanging in other parts of the house. I think they are full of charm.


BLissed-Out Grandma said...

I love the scent of gingerbread, and my grandson just suggested that we make gingerbread men. So I just may have use for this recipe sooner rather than later.

Mandie said...

I bet they smell WONDERFUL!! Last year the girls and I made cinnamon and applesauce ornaments. It was so fun and smelled heavenly.

Karen said...

The gingerbread certainly helps give a holiday scent to an artificial tree and while I'd rather smell real pine, this will substitute nicely. Thanks for all your comments, ladies!