NEXT RECIPE >

Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing Recipe
Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Next Recipe

Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing Recipe

Read Reviews
5 4 5
Publisher Photo
When it’s time to start the cookie-baking season, this recipe always kicks off the festivities. My mother-in-law first shared it with me, but it’s too good to keep to myself! You can tint the buttery icing a cheery pink or green and pipe it on with a decorating tip. —Ann Scherzer, Anacortes, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger
  • ICING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-1/2-in. cookie cutter into desired shapes. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.
  3. For icing, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, extracts and flavoring in a bowl. Gradually stir in enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Frost cookies. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p35

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.


Reviews for Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing

AVERAGE RATING
(5)
RATING DISTRIBUTION
5 Star
 (5)
4 Star
 (0)
3 Star
 (0)
2 Star
 (0)
1 Star
 (0)
MY REVIEW
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
MY REVIEW
BermyGal User ID: 7108089 24266
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"Can you freeze these cookies, either plain or iced and ready to go??"

MY REVIEW
HJRC User ID: 3198667 22594
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"Amazing cookies! The absolute best gingerbread ever created!"

MY REVIEW
HJRC User ID: 3198667 77975
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"These are the absolute best gingerbread cookies I have ever had!!!!!!! I put red hots on them instead of the icing and you just can't stop eating them!"

MY REVIEW
Loufrommaine User ID: 6222180 21000
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I found these several years ago in an old Country Woman Christmas book. I've made them every year since. They're quite good, but for the icing I use only butter and not the butter flavoring, trying to keep from anything artificial. In my opinion, it would ruin them."

Loading Image