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Gingerbread Cookies

9 Dec


Sift 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon each banking soda and salt, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves and allspice into a bowl.  In another bowl, mix 6 tablespoons melted butter, 1 tablespoon melted shortening, 2/3 cup light brown sugar and 3/4 cup molasses; beat in 1 egg with a mixer.  Beat in the flour mixture in two additions.  Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic and pat to 1/2 inch thick.  Chill 2 hours.


Preheat oven to 350.  On a floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to 1/4 inch thick, dusting with flour, if needed.  Cut into 3 to 5-inch gingerbread men and arrange 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.  Brush off the excess flour and chill 15 minutes.


Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes.  Transfer to a rack to cool.  Then decorate.  Makes 2-3 dozen cookies.

Food Network Magazine, December 2010

My boyfriend and I are having a little holiday party this weekend and I’ve been trying to think of cheesy Christmas-y snacks to make so I thought it would be a great idea to have my boyfriend’s sister and her son over to make some gingerbread cookies.  We made plans to meet up at our house after I get home from work and I didn’t think much more about it.  At 7a.m. yesterday morning, I’m sifting through the ingredients to make sure I have everything before I take off for work and realize that the dough has to chill for 2 hours!  Luckily for me, it was 10 degrees outside so my boyfriend had the day off from work.  Lucky for me, sad for him.  So at that lovely hour of the morning I inform my boyfriend that he’s going to have a fun little project – to make cookie dough, yay!

Well, he didn’t think so so for nearly an hour I’m getting calls at work- are you sure we have this? How long am I supposed to blend it?  We don’t have a sifter!  I tried my best to manage all major emergencies and in the end he calls and says, “alright fine, it’s done.  But it’s all crumbly, like, really crumbly so I don’t know..”  I roll my eyes and finish the day, assuming I need to go home and whip up some sugar cookies on the fly.  And when I got home, he was right.  The dough was very crumbly.

But if you experience this, fear not!  Simply knead the dough for a little while using the wax paper to keep it together and it will quickly become more pliable.  Tragedy averted, the cookies turned out just fine.  I strongly recommend inviting friends and having your kitchen stocked with wine and eggnog so you can laugh it off when the shit hits the fan (as we did).  Overall, a great success.