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Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
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Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

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When your friends reach into a tin of these old-fashioned cookies, they're sure to think Grandma baked them! Our Test Kitchen staff came up with this lighter recipe for crunchy gingerbread cookies with lovely icing accents.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch
MAKES:78 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 78 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • Assorted paste food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 81 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 39 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses, egg and vinegar. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle (dough will be sticky).
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with 4 in. cookie cutters dipped in flour. Using a floured spatula, place cookies 1 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 5-6 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For icing, combine confectioners' sugar and milk in bowl. Spread over cooled cookies; let dry completely. If desired, combine paste food coloring and a few drops of water; using a fine brush or the blunt end of a wooden skewer, decorate cookies. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Gingerbread Cookies in Light & Tasty December/January 2003, p5

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 81 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 39 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

This recipe never fails, so long as you have a good this dough rolled out. Thick turns out terrible. Very soft and excellent cookie, but the frosting doesn't do it for me. I use my own frosting recipe for this one

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

These cookies look so good, and they ARE good! A great recipe for kids to pitch in, too. (:

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