Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Spicy Gingerbread Cookies

I normally only make gingerbread decorations.  But, this year one of the sons requested some to eat.  I found this gingerbread recipe on a healthy website. This recipe was from: Prevention's The Healthy Cook.  

6 TBSP vegetable shortening or butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 TBSP ground cinnamon
2 TSP ground ginger
1 1/2 TSP ground cloves
1 TSP baking soda
2 TBSP molasses
1/3 cup water

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Coat your baking sheets with a non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening or butter and brown sugar.
  3. In another large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and baking soda.  Add to the flour mixture and stir until well-blended.
  4. In a cup, stir the molasses into 2 tablespoons of water.  Add to the dough and mix well.  Add more water, if necessary,  to form a stiff dough.
  5. Divide the dough into four equal-size pieces.  Roll each piece out to 1/8" thickness.  Using cookie cutters or a sharp kinfe, cut out cookies and place them onto a prepared baking sheets, leaving 1" between cookies.
  6. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned.
 Optional Icing:  To decorate with powdered sugar icing, combine 2 TBSP milk, 3 cups of confectioner's sugar and 1 TSP vanilla.  Add more milk if necessary to make a smooth, thick icing.  Drizzle or pipe over the cookies.
Serves: 60
I will link this to: 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
This Chick Cooked at This Chick Cooks
Friday Food at Mom Trends
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum 
Also, joining a new party with Elna Wednesday Show Off  at Elna-Sudden. 
And, What's It Wednesday  over at Ivy and Elephants 
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Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

That looks wonderful!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I need some ingredients so I can make these. The grandchildren would love them!

Anonymous said...

I just love gingerbread. I could use some help with my show off and you have a lot of readers.


It's me said...

So delicious !!!...love from me...xxx...

Sunday Taylor said...

I absolutely love that photo, it's so cozy! Makes me want to start baking right now. I am very inspired by all your photos!

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your photo of the Gingerbread Cookies.
I did cope the recipe for my cook book thanks so much.
I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
XXOO Diane

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

OOOHH! Thanks Sherry! I'm looking for healthier cookies to make for us this year (as well as the 'bad' ones for my kids!) and these look like they'd be great!

Unknown said...

Your little gingerbread men look delightful! Far too good to eat!

Unknown said...

Ill have to try these too ! thanks for sharing
- KAT -

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Sherry,
Oh, these do look delicious and the recipe not over complicated. I imagine the house smells absolutely divine with these in the oven!
Love to have you share at "What's It Wednesday".

Jacqueline said...

Yes, the decorative ones can be kind of nasty to eat. These look so yummy. My kids always want to eat some too.

Stephanie from GardenTherapy.ca said...

Ooh those look great! I love my ginger strong too.