Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Gingerbread cookies are fun to make and are favorites for Christmas holidays especially if you go with the popular gingerbread man or gingerbread woman shapes!

Preparation Time

  • 3 hrs 10 mins

Cook Time

  • 6 to 8 mins

Tools

  • Mixer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cookie sheet
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wire rack
  • Rolling pin
  • Measuring cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 21/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • Frosting (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat shortening on high speed for 30 seconds.
  3. Add dry ingredients: baking powder and soda, cinnamon, sugar, ginger.
  4. Whisk shortening and dry ingredients together.
  5. Add molasses, egg and vinegar to combined mixture.
  6. Gradually add flour and mix in mixture until doughy.
  7. Separate dough into two halves, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  8. Remove dough halves from refrigerator one at a time and let stand for 5 minutes; sprinkle flour on surface and roll dough into 1/4” thick.
  9. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into desired shapes.
  10. Place cut dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet 1” apart
  11. Bake cookies for 6 to 8 minutes or until they are lightly brown
  12. Allow cooling for a few minutes then transfer cookies to cooling rack

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