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Gingerbread Snow Globe

I make a big batch of these gingerbreads every Christmas to give to co-workers and family. For a festive decoration, arrange cookies in a large clear jar to look like a snow globe. —Kelly Kirby, Westville, Nova Scotia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen (4-in. cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Light corn syrup
  • Coarse sugar
  • Assorted sprinkles

Directions

  • Mix water and vinegar. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses. In another bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt and cloves; add to creamed mixture alternately with water mixture, beating well after each addition.
  • Divide dough into six portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut dough with assorted holiday cookie cutters. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Using a new paintbrush, brush corn syrup onto edges of cookies; dip into coarse sugar. Decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until set.
  • For snow globe, place coarse sugar in a decorative glass jar. Arrange cookies in jar. Decorate jar with ribbon.
Editor's Note: Frost or pipe cookies with plain or tinted frosting. Decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until set. For snow globe, place coarse sugar in a decorative glass jar. Arrange cookies in jar. Decorate jar with ribbon.
Nutrition Facts
1 (2-inch) cookie: 87 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Jenn
    Dec 25, 2020

    The snow globe aspect in this recipe is very cool! Although, I am worried about the sugar that gets placed in the bottom of the jar... How many people would actually use it after emptying out the cookies??? Therefore, it could end up getting dumped out... Which would be a terrible waste!!!

  • Kevin
    Dec 2, 2018

    Very, very clever.

  • mom2lauren
    Dec 27, 2016

    This is so easy to work with. TOH changed my original recipe slightly. My family uses 5 cups of flour plus some for rolling and only 1tsp of baking soda. I don't feel the dough needs chilled. It's so easy to work with.