Holiday Baking ~ A recipe for Gingerbread Cookies
As I was growing up I was very fortunate to be included in many baking adventures; especially around the holidays!
My grandma taught my sister and I her staple recipes when we were young so that as we got older we would be able to carry on her traditions. And it worked! I love baking and my little man loves to help me. It does take extra patience to let your little ones help in the kitchen but it is definitely worth it!
Just the other day we went to a local store and Mr. H picked out a brand new set of gingerbread cutters!
When we got home we went to work on making our dough; Henry usually stands on a chair next to the counter so he can help me add ingredients and watch the mixer do it’s thing.
Here is the recipe we used ~
You will need:
3 1/2 cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup (white) Sugar
1 cup Molasses
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 teaspoons Warm Water
1/2 cup Shortening
Combine flour, spices and salt; set aside. In mixer cream together shortening and sugar; next beat in egg and molasses. In the meantime combine the baking soda and water into a paste; add the paste to the mix and continue beating until smooth. Gradually add in the dry ingredients until everything comes together.
Move the dough mixture to a plastic storage bag or wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours!
Now it is time to roll out the dough; on a floured surface roll the dough to 3/4″ thick. Cut with desired cutters and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 Degrees for 8-12 mins (depending on your oven). You will know the cookies are done when the edges are slightly browned.
We made tractors, tree’s and gingerbread men! Next on our to-do list is to decorate these beauties.