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Holiday Ginger Cutouts Recipe

Holiday Ginger Cutouts Recipe

Looking to get a little creative with your cookie decorating? Paint your own masterpieces on a ginger cookie canvas.—Joanne MacVey, Blue Grass, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Icing:
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • Assorted colors of liquid food coloring
  • Round pastry tip #2, #3 or #4


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, molasses and vinegar; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness and cut into desired shapes. Place 1 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. For icing, stiff confectioners' sugar and meringue powder into a large bowl. Add water; beat on low speed until blended. Beat on high for 5-6 minutes or until soft peaks form. Place a damp paper towel over bowl and cover tightly until ready to use.
  • 4. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip. Fill bag with 1 cup icing. Outline each cookie with icing. Tint remaining icing with food coloring if desired. Add water, a few drops at a time, until mixture is thin enough to flow smoothly. Prepare additional pastry or plastic bags with thinned icing. Fill in cookies, letting icing flow up to the outline.
  • 5. Let cookies dry at room temperature overnight. With food coloring and small new paintbrush, paint designs on dry icing. Store cookies in airtight containers. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Editor's Note: Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 208 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein .

Reviews for Holiday Ginger Cutouts

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Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"Actually used this recipe to make halloween cut outs but all the same.. Great cookie overall. Moist and chewy and everyone enjoyed them"

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