Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing Recipe
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Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing Recipe

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These holiday-spiced cookies are the first ones I make in December. The recipe came from my mother-in-law. If you like, tint the buttery icing a cheery pink or green and pipe it on with a decorating tip.
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 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.

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

Amazing cookies! The absolute best gingerbread ever created!

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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!

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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.

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