Is everyone feeling the Christmas spirit this year? With two weeks left until Christmas, we are feeling more and more in the Christmas spirit by the day! We are so excited to celebrate Noah’s first Christmas and start new traditions together as a family. This year we will certainly be leaving cookies out for Santa! If you need cookie recipe ideas for this year, then today’s post is just for you! I’m teaming up with my friend Laura for her Fifth Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange! I participated for the first time last year and made Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies, so I’m excited to share a new recipe with you this year… Gingerbread Cookies!
Baking cookies is something Nick and I look forward to every single year! It’s a fun winter activity that always puts us in the Christmas spirit. Last year the Rudolph Peanut Butter cookies were so fun to make and I’m happy to report that the Gingerbread cookies were really easy to make this year. Read on for the recipe and to see photos of the finished cookies!
gingerbread cookie recipe
you will need…
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup molasses (not blackstrap)
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups flour
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tbs ground cinammon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 ground nutmeg
- Combine the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer on medium until combined. Add the egg, molasses, vinegar & vanilla extract and continue to mix on medium until fully combined.
- In a separate mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients and spices until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on low until combined into a soft cookie dough.
- Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least three hours. We let our cookie dough chill overnight. If you do this, allow it to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes prior to rolling it.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Once dough is room temperature divide the dough in half and roll each half to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut the cookies in desired shape and place them on a lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart. If you are doing different shapes, place similarly shaped cookies on same baking sheet.
- Place in the oven and bake.
- note: large gingerbread men take 12-14 minutes, medium sized cookies take 8-10 minutes & smaller cookies take 6-8 minutes to bake.
- Once baked, let the cookies cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
- Decorate cookies & have fun!
- I admit, decorating cookies is *not* my strong suit. I attempted to make a thick powdered sugar icing and… it wasn’t pretty haha! I guess I have a few years to improve on this before Noah wants to start decorating 🙂
for more Christmas Cookie recipes…
There are eight other cookie recipes in our virtual exchange! You can head to Morgan’s blog to see the recipe for her orange chocolate cream cookies! Each blogger is sharing a different recipe, so make sure to follow the loop to see all cookie recipes!