The smell of fresh baked goods on a cold winter night is always heart warming. With Christmas approaching, I will definitely be spending more time with my trusty, beloved mixer. Baking batches of sweets has been a tradition for me since I was a teenager. My family gatherings during this time are always gigantic, occasionally reaching the size of a typical high school class of 30+ people. These gatherings are often potluck style, and you guessed it, I’ll be bringing dessert!
Gingerbread cookies are really flavourful and a must eat in the month of December. I decided to make a batch for an upcoming potluck at work. The recipe I used is from a foods class I took in high school.
And of course, here’s a photo of my little helper, sniffing out what’s baking, haha.
125 mL – shortening
125 mL – sugar
1 – egg
150 mL – molasses
685 mL – all purpose flour
5 mL – ginger
3 mL – baking soda
2 mL – salt
2 mL – cloves
3 mL – cinnamon
Using an electric mixer, beat shortening with sugar until light; beat in eggs and molasses. Stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, salt, cloves, and cinnamon; then gradually stir into molasses mixture. Mix well until a ball forms.
Refrigerate for a few hours (optional); this makes the dough easier to work with. Roll out dough (5 mm thickness). Tip: take two cutting boards that are 5 mm high and roll dough between them; this helps with consistency.
Bake at 325°F (160°C) in oven for 12 to 15 min. Transfer to cooling rack and wait 2 hours before decorating.
4 tbsp – meringue powder
1/2 cup – water
2 cups – icing sugar
Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, combine meringue powder and water until foamy. Sift icing sugar and gradually add to mixture. Whisk until the icing forms a stiff peak. Do not over mix!
Christmas trees and Christmas bells!
And tada, here’s the finished product. I did a technique called flooding where you first outline the cookie with the royal icing then dilute some of the royal icing to flood cookie. Let me know if you try out this recipe! It’s my go to every holiday and I’m sure you’ll love it!