We don’t take Christmas baking lightly in my house, it is planned out well in advance, recipes are tested and tried before the big day, the treats must be perfect. This is the family favourite gingerbread recipe. My brother and I always spend a day trying our best to decorate them and make them look very pretty, but we just don’t have those cookie decorating skills yet. Maybe someday haha
This recipe is from GingerKitten D on GeniusKitchen
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon ( I did 2 teaspoons, partially because I was too lazy to get the 1/4 teaspoon, but mostly because the spicier the better! )
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons softened butter ( if you want softer gingerbread use 3 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons shortening instead )
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the spices until combined. In a mixer, blend butter and sugar until creamed, then add egg, molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest until well blended. Add dry ingredients and combine. Separate the dough into 2 balls and chill for as long as possible, I usually do overnight. Once dough is chilled, roll out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. This works so much better on parchment paper because the dough is sticky and once the cookies are cut out they are very delicate so letting them be and not moving them much is best! Cut the cookies out like a puzzle and take away the extras, roll the extras out again and keep cutting cookies out until there is no more. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 for 7 minutes.
Lemon icing for gingerbread
This icing is a little runny so it can be glazed over the cookies, but when it dries it’s shiny and looks so pretty on the gingerbread! Also, the lemon really brings out the ginger flavour and is a great addition! I often triple the recipe so we can make many colours.
This recipe is from SaddleUp87 on GeniusKitchen
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix everything together in a bowl, if it is too dry, add a little water.