Gingerbread Cookies and Houses, tis the season!

9 Dec

Tis the season to eat cookies! This is my first time making gingerbread cookies, and they turned out to be awesome and gluten free too! If you want soft, but not crumbly gingerbread cookies, this is the recipe. The recipe is a mash up between Martha Stewart and Annie Eats, and it’s so good.

Gingerbread Cookies (makes about 36)

Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour (plus more for rolling and kneading)
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg (If you have it on hand, we didn’t and we didn’t miss it)
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg

1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, and salt; set aside. With an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in molasses and egg. With mixer on low, add dry ingredients; mix just until a dough forms. Place dough on floured plastic wrap; pat into a square. Wrap well; chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours, preferably 2+, the dough will be easier to work with. Warning, this dough may be very sticky, I probably ended up adding at least another 1/2 cup of flour while kneading the dough to get it workable.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rip off a handful of dough and place it on a floured surface; roll out 1/8 inch thick, turning, lifting, and flouring dough (and rolling pin) as needed.

3. Use cookie cutters, I was able to get a set of 10 from Aldi for $4.99! Transfer to baking sheets lines with parchment paper.

4. Bake until firm and edges just begin to darken, 10 to 12 minutes, depending on how thick your cookies are. Let cool completely before frosting.

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On Friday night Ryan and I made gingerbread houses. It’s kind of a tradition in the Fosler family, and Ryan got way into it! He we trying to sculpt icicles to hang from his house, and he got clever using dental floss to help hold up his candy cane lamp post. His camp fire is also clever.

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Here is mine, with the classic fosler tin foil ice skating rink and sled.
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And these are cute q-tip snowmen I made with my nanny kids.Image

I am surprisingly going through snow withdrawal, I keep peeking outside to see if it’s snowing. If it doesn’t snow soon I might just have to throw coconut shavings on my front lawn.

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