The Best Gingerbread Cookies | Minted Bold

Holiday Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Men are my favorite holiday cookie! My mom and I used to make them when I was a kid, and over the past few years i’ve begun making them again. We use a recipe from this really old cookbook that is missing the binding and parts of the cover. But it must be the sign of a great cookbook because it has many of our favorite recipes in it (including my next holiday recipe!) I love this recipe because it makes soft and delicious cookies. This year I stepped up my game and added royal icing to them. If you have the time and patience, try it! I think it made them that much more delicious.

The Best Gingerbread Cookies | Minted Bold

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup shortening
½ cup light molasses
1 egg
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

1. Into a large bowl measure all ingredients. With mixer, beat ingredients until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
2. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll chilled dough 1/8 inch thick. Preheat Oven to 350 F.
3. With 5-inch long cutter, cut out men. Reroll trimmings and cut more cookies. With pancake turner, place 1/2 inch apart on cookie sheet
4. Bake 8 minutes or until browned, then, with pancake turned, remove cookies to racks. Cool before decorating. (For mini men, bake for ~6 minutes or until browned)
5. Decorate with icing
The Best Gingerbread Cookies | Minted Bold
If you hate Gingerbread because it’s always hard, you’ll be very happy to try these soft and delicious guys. The mini ones are extra delicious. I bought my mini cutter on Etsy.
What’s your favorite holiday cookie? Let me know with a comment!
The Best Gingerbread Cookies | Minted Bold

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