The Best Gingerbread Cookies

My kids made gingerbread cookies with their grandmother today. It was a pretty big production.

The kitchen got a little messy.

But the kids didn’t get too crabby.

Chloe just had to roll out her own dough.

I will cherish these pictures for years to come.

We let Andrew decorate the burnt ones. He didn’t mind.

I tried frosting mine to look like Hermey- the dentist elf from Rudolph. I didn’t do too bad from memory, but his bangs are actually supposed to flip the other way. . .

Here’s a collection of them:

Gingerbread Cookies

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 Tablespoon ground ginger

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

4 cups flour

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add molasses. Add dry ingredients. I added about a tablespoon of water as well so that the dough was easier to manage.  Form into 2 discs and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours. Bake cookies for 8 minutes at 375°

I used royal icing to frost- 2 lbs powdered sugar, 2 TB meringue powder and 6-10 TB water.


  1. Ken Metzger
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Your mother just couldn’t get over your artistic talent with the frosting.

  2. Posted December 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Well, I can’t get over her talent for matching turtleneck and apron.