October 23, 2012

Soft Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of traditional gingerbread. As a kid, I loved decorating gingerbread men and gingerbread houses, but I would never eat them. Something about the texture and density just didn’t appeal to me.

Last week, when my daugher asked if I would make gingerbread cookies, I didn’t exactly run to the kitchen and break out the mixer. I thought I would try something different. The recipe below is what I came up with. They turned out light and airy like a sugar cookie with the flavor and spice of gingerbread. Serve them warm and top with frosting and watch them disappear before your eyes!



Soft Gingerbread Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons of butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl or mixer, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, then stir in molasses and water. Add baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt, then gradually stir in the flour about a half a cup at a time.

Pour the 1/4 cup of white sugar onto a plate. Shape dough into balls (about 3 tablespoons of dough per ball) and roll each ball in sugar, coating all sides. Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten them slightly with your palm.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven, being careful not to overcook. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then move them to a wire rack to cool completely. Top with frosting, if desired.

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  • Maria

    sounds delicious! can’t wait to try these.

  • Ginger

    Those look delicious Karen, thanks for sharing! I will definitely make them, love the cream cheese icing, yummy! My Grandmother used to make ginger snaps and it make the house smell wonderful. My name is Ginger…so I always just thought she was making them for me….lol! Thanks again!


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