Gingerbread Cookies

Nothing says winter more than candy canes, gingerbread and if you live in NYC, the appearance of the Union Square holiday market. The flavors of winter are definitely some of my favorite. Nothing makes me feel cozier than a mug of freshly made hot chocolate (possibly spiked with some bailey’s) and a fresh gingerbread cookie right out of the oven. What makes it even better? Watching the snow fall as I cuddle up with my treats. What else do I like in the winter? Ice skating, christmas songs, starbucks holiday drinks, and of course making sure all my friends know how much I love them through my food and gifts. So, without further ado, let’s kick off the holiday season with one of my favorites! Gingerbread Cookies!

Ingredients:

-1 1/2 cups of AP flour
-3/4 cup of firmly packed dark brown sugar
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 cup of unsalted butter
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 1/2 tablespoon milk
-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
-1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F or 190 C.
  2.  Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in a medium mixing bowl
  3. Mix together the brown sugar and the butter until well blended (Use a large mixing bowl). Add the milk and mix until blended. Gradually add in the flour. When the dough starts to come together, use your hands to mix until the dough is smooth and well blended.
  4. Roll out the dough (about 1/4 inch thick) and using a cookie cutter (or a knife when you want to make your own shapes). Lay them on a well greased baking sheet and bake until the cookies are lightly browned (about 10 minutes). Let the cookies cool for two minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
  5. While the cookies cool, make the decorating icing. I made royal icing, which simply calls for powdered sugar and one egg white. Beat the egg white until it forms soft peaks and then gradually add in sifted powdered sugar (you don’t have to sift it, but I find that the icing comes our smoother if you sift it).
  6. Add some color to your icing and decorate the cookies.

Hugs and puppies!

Mimi

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