Sunday, December 22, 2013

Gingerbread Men, Women, and Deer!

It's that time of year again! Everyone is running around shopping, baking, and cooking! 
We are included in that, with all the shopping done it's time to be with family and friends. 
With just 2 days before Christmas we are going to share a recipe for Gingerbread cookies.

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves or allspice
(We used allspice this time)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup molasses
2 tbsp milk 

Do you see this Beauty? Rachel gave me an early Christmas gift, an 8 cup food processor!!!
It was much needed (as you could see from our last post) and I have been using it quite a bit ^_^

But anyways back to the post, Preheat oven to 350, add all your ingredients to a food processor and pulse on low until it is mixed.

You do not need a food processor, this can be done with a whisk.
 I am just using it because it's a new toy and I can!

Once you mix it, it should look like this.

Next add the wet ingredients pulse on low for about 10-15 seconds and then on high until well blended, again can be done with a whisk or spoon.

Use softened butter (Leave it out on the counter for a few hours! Don't be impatient like us and use the microwave XD)

after mixing:

You know it's done once it looks like POOP!

Now I know most people chill the dough then use a floured surface to roll it out.
I use a different method, 4 sheets of parchment paper the size of the cookie sheet you are using, split your dough in half, and roll the dough with rolling pin (or wine bottle! Whatever is handy >_<) 
between the 2 sheets. 

Make it thinner if you like crunchy cookies (Like Rachel) or thicker if you like them soft (Like Me)

Load the flattened dough onto your cookie sheet and stick it in the freezer for about 15- 20 mins

You know it's done when you can do this:

No cookie sheet under there!

Peel the top layer of parchment paper and start cutting

We used the reindeer, men, and women cookie cutters.

Lots of cookies!

Repeat the rolling process with the excess dough until it all gets used.

Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (you can reuse the ones from the freezer)

Then stick them in the oven!

Makes the house smell so good!

Let the cookies cool.

And then decorate them!
For the icing we used a cup of powdered sugar and 4 tsp of milk.
add a tsp less of milk if you want the icing thicker while you pipe it.
It makes a nice hard glossy decorating finish.
Icing does take a few hours to dry completely

Our strange cookies!
Top: Pop culture singer, lazy underwear man
Middle: Normal Gingerbread woman, Diabetic cookie man, Lost his leg in Nom
Bottom: our best Reindeer, and sad working man. 

And the moment you have all been waiting for!
Thorin's first Christmas tree!!!

He was very curious, but thankfully has not tried climbing it!
He has however tried to eat the lights that blink on it XD

Merry Christmas Everyone!
And if you don't celebrate this one then Happy Holidays!

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