Gingerbread Cookie Recipe and Free Printable Tag
I think if you met me in real life you would probably think that I was Buddy the Elf’s sister. I get more excited about Christmas than he does. I don’t play tag with taxi cabs or eat gum that has already been chewed, but I will bake gingerbread cookies all year long. I like them so much that I send boxes of undecorated cookies with all the decorating supplies to friends for Christmas. I include the gingerbread cookie recipe along with icing and undecorated cookies.
I call it Sending a Box of Cheer! After all, it would make me cheerful to get a box of cookies to decorate without having to make icing or do dishes. Just cheerful mess-free decorating!
Begin with a Gingerbread Cookie Recipe:
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup of light brown sugar packed
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup of molasses
- 5 1/2 or 6 cups of all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of ginger
- 1 ½ tsp. cloves
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg and set aside.
- With a KitchenAid or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light in color and creamy. This can take up to five minutes.
- Add eggs on at a time beating well between each one.
- Add the molasses and the vanilla extract and mix well.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients one cup at a time until all is combined and mixed well.
- Divide the dough into three equal parts.
- Roll each one out to 1/4" or 3/4" on a lightly floured mat and place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes or up to one hour. The dough is easier to work with when it's cold and it will hold its shape when you cut the shapes out.
- Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes. (Oven times may vary so keep an eye on them.)
Begin by making some gingerbread men cookies. When you bake them, your house will smell amazing and if you want, you can call me to come over and we can make snow angels for a two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle. It sounds like the perfect day to me!
Mix some royal icing in a few colors and place them into Ziplock bags. Tie them with some ribbon or ripped fabric.
Place the gingerbread men cookies into cellophane bags and seal them with a heat sealer or fold the top over and tape it to the back.
Arrange everything in the box so it fits nicely. If you ship the cookies, you need to make sure the cookies are snug and don’t slide around. If they move, they could break. If you need boxes to put the cookies in you should check out the BRP Box Shop. They have a huge selection.
If you want to print the tags, click here. Now mail them to someone and make their day. If you want to send decorated cookies also, you may enjoy the “Beginners Guide to Cookie Decorating” for all kinds of tips and tricks.
This Christmas I got to participate in the Great Bloggers Cookie Swap to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. It was very fun and super simple thanks to Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen! These girls work hard to put this together each year and I am so glad I got to participate.
I was so happy to get Almond Meltaway Cookies from Chew Nibble Nosh and delicious cookies from My Kitchen Kreations to You. They were so GOOD!
Thank you so much ladies for the Amazing COOKIES!!