This week Em and I decided to make some gingerbread cookies! We both have never made them and really never ate them. We thought it was a perfect holiday recipe to get in the Christmas mood. This recipe is perfect for soft gingerbread men that don't spread!
I got this recipe from a lovely blogger, Nerdy Mama, on Pinterest. If you want to check her post out, click here. It is suuuuper cute. She gave her gingerbread men mustaches.
- 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. Ground Allspice
- 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
- 1/8 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
- 1 tsp. Ground Ginger
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Molasses
- 2 tbs. Unsalted Butter, softened
- 1/3 cup Applesauce
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1 Egg, beaten
- 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 2 tsp. Light Corn Syrup
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 2 tsp. Milk
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl.
Add half the wet to the dry ingredients and mix. Add the rest of the wet and combine until a ball of dough has formed.
Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes in the fridge.
Roll out to about 3/4 inch thick and use cookie cutters to make your gingerbread men and anything else!
Bake at 350 degrees F for 9-10 minutes.
To make the royal icing, mix all the ingredients. Make as many colors as you want with food coloring.
In a small cup place your bag inside and add icing (or Ziplocs and cut one tip after filling).
Decorate after cookies are fully cooled!
So we obviously mixed all the ingredients together, that’s a great start, right? The recipe recommended mixing dry and wet ingredients separately but we got a little excited and threw it all in one bowl.
It turned out delicious still, don’t worry lol
So the recipe suggested you let the dough set in the fridge for 30 minutes. I think we let it sit for 20 ish minutes. To get everything really well combined we kneaded it by hand for a minute.
Now the fun part! Make sure you add enough flour so the dough doesn’t stick when you roll it out. Just beware if you add A LOT of flour it can change the consistency of your cookies so just be careful.
We cut all the shapes out and added some fun little details. Emily added cute names and letters to some with a toothpick.
We made a really simple icing. I made it when I made my Halloween cookies too. If you want to see a sugar cookie post check it out here.
I figured out how to eyeball it so I just added whatever I needed as I went but it's super easy after you do it once.
This is how they should look when you pop them in the oven. They don’t spread really at all so don’t worry too much. You will notice when they bake they get a little lighter brown.
Once they are baked it's time to decorate and frost them up. We had M&M’s, sprinkles, and frosting. You can get really creative but we went simple and classic for the holidays.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Instead of a regular recipe, it’s more about joining in on my evening. We had so much fun making them and hopefully, you see that in this post!
This was a bonus post, another one is still coming on Wednesday! I can’t believe we are only 8 days away from Christmas. Let’s make the most of what is left of the holiday season! 🎄❄️