Gingered Out

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Happy December!

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Homemade Gingerbread

(by Simply Recipes)

This whole post is as festive as it gets. It’s all about gingerbread. I scoured the internet and cookbooks to find a basic gingerbread recipe with icing. I didn’t want to try a healthified one, I wanted to make the real thing from scratch. This process took a long time but the cookies turned out perfect. They are so soft on the inside, crispy outside. My icing skills are a little amateur, but ugly icing tastes just as good as pretty icing.

The whole process was really fun, but it was very time consuming and made a mess!

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 C sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 C unsalted butter, room temperature (1.5 sticks)**
  • 1/2 C dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 T ground ginger
  • 1 T ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C unsulfured molasses

**Butter confession: I defrosted two sticks of butter and realized after the dough went in the fridge that I used all two sticks instead of 1.5 sticks. So when I was rolling out the dough, I liberally tossed on flour to make it tougher. That fixed it. So if you use this recipe, you may not need to throw on as much flour when rolling it out.

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.

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  • In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Mix in eggs and molasses. Gradually add flour mixture; combine on low speed.

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  • Divide dough into thirds, wrapping each in Saran Wrap. Chill for at least one hour or overnight. Before rolling out, let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. If the dough is too soft to roll (or is sticky), add in more flour.

  • Heat oven to 350*. Place a dough third on a large piece of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll to 1/8 inch thick. Refrigerate again for 5-10 minutes. Use a cookie cutter to make shapes, lay on ungreased cookie pan. Press raisins or chocolate chips into dough as buttons.
  • (baker’s note: My dough was a little sticky, so I added flour and worked it in, then rolled it, and then put it in a ball and added flour and rolled it again. Just do what you need to do to get it rolled pretty. I also thought parchment paper was annoying but then I transfered the sheet to sit in the refrigerator, and that was easier than lifting and placing on a tray to refrigerate.)

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I tried greased and non-greased cookie sheets, both worked fine.

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Bake for 8-10 minutes until crisp. Let sit until cooler and move to a wire rack. Decorate only after it completely cools. Icing instructions below.

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Royal Icing:

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 C confectioners sugar

Instructions:

  • Combine egg white and lemon juice and mix in electric mixer. Add powdered sugar slowly and incorporate fully, scraping down sides too.
  • Spoon into piping back or sandwich bag and cut an end in the bag to pipe. You can’t wait to do this or it will dry out quickly.

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Doesn’t it look like snow? And don’t you want to lick that spoon?

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Sometimes they break, which is just so so sad. You know where broken gingerbread men go, right?

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Gingerbread Oatmeal

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 C water
  • 1/4 C Scottish Oats
  • 1/4 C Almond Milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 T raisins
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • dash salt
  • crumbled gingerbread on top
  • maple syrup on top

Instructions:

In small pot, bring water to a simmer. Add oats and whisk. Add almond milk and salt and whisk. Let cook and bubble. Add banana, raisins, chia seeds. Stir. Add all spices. Let cook together for 5 minutes until thick.

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With two days of baking gingerbread shapes, decorating, and having it for breakfast, I am gingered out for now. But the house smells great, and those cookie men are calling my name.
What’s your favorite use of gingerbread?
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Comments

  1. I LOVE gingerbread men – I have fun fond memories of going to Aston’s Bakery in Dallas when I was little for their frosted men! :)

  2. Ha, those little guys are adorable. I think half the fun of making holiday cookies is Decorating them. THEN, obviously, eating them. Or adding them to oatmeal?! Smart girl. ;)

  3. I never really want gingerbread cookies, but these w/the icing look so good!

  4. Love your little gingerbread men! So many blogs featuring gingersnaps and gingerbread for the holidays, makes me want to start baking for sure. i finally got around to adding everyone from Foodbuzz to my reader, looking forward to future posts.

  5. Those cookies are too cute! I’m not the biggest fan of gingerbread, but it’s probably because I’ve never had homemade gingerbread…. I’m going to try it for the holidays! :)

  6. Cute! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Yummy!! These look delicious and I am definitely going to have to try out this recipe! Are you buying you chia seeds from a local store or are you buying them online? I’ve only been able to find them online so far and I’ve been getting them from thechiaseed.com for about 2 years because the 2 natural / health food stores near me don’t carry them.

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