She was in the holiday mood and desperately wanted to make a traditional sweet treat. She found this cookie recipe in one of her favorite cookbooks but sadly did not find a gingerbread man cutter anywhere in the house. So we settled on heart shapes and we are all very pleased with the results.
These cookies , if eaten warm, have a wonderful moist and chewy center. They pretty much melt in your mouth. Once they cool they are crisp and crunchy, resembling a gingersnap in both texture and taste.
WARNING: Let them cool at least 5 minutes in the pan before transferring them via spatula to a cooling rack or they will fall apart en-route.
Feel free to eat as-is or decorate with royal icing. Next time around my daughter has decided that using them as sandwich cookies and filling the middle with cream cheese frosting is the way to go. I agree !!!
Thank-you, Charley :)
So get baking, people !
adapted source recipe: Gingerbread Kids, Williams-Sonoma, Kids Baking
WHAT YOU NEED
2 3/4 CUPS all purpose flour
2 1/2 TSP baking powder
1 TABLESPOON ground ginger
1 1/2 TSP ground cinnamon
1/2 TSP ground nutmeg
1/4 TSP salt
1/2 CUP unsalted butter at room temperature
2/3 CUP firmly packed light brown sugar
1 TSP pure vanilla extract
1 LARGE egg at room temperature
1/3 CUP molasses
IN MEDIUM BOWL, combine first 6 dry ingredient and stir with wooden spoon
IN BOWL OF STAND MIXER, combine butter, brown sugar and vanilla.
BEAT on MEDIUM speed for 3 minutes
SCRAPE down sides of bowl with spatula
ADD dry ingredients to butter mixture on low speed just until blended
PLACE dough onto lightly floured work surface
DIVIDE into 2 pieces, shape into a somewhat flat disc, cover in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1 hour
PREHEAT oven to 350F
LINE 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper
ON lightly floured work surface, roll out chilled dough to 1/4 " thickness
CUT into shapes and with a spatula, transfer cookies to baking sheet
BAKE 10-12 minutes or until edges start to brown slightly
LET COOL on cookies sheets for 5 minutes
TRANSFER cookies to cooling rack
FROST as desired