Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gingerbread Cookies

My Christmas Tree is up, the tinsel is around the TV, and fairy lights are around my apartment while Christmas music plays during any free moment I have. I think that means it is about time for the Christmas recipes to begin!

I was trying to think of what recipes would be considered Christmassy, but also could be enjoyed anytime....the first thing that came to mind was Gingerbread Men! I used to love these as a child, I would always look forward to going to our local Bakery (where I ended up working at for about five years as a teenager) on a Saturday morning. I would eat his features first, starting with the Smartie buttons (similar to M&Ms), before enjoying the sweet, spiced taste of the actual cookie. It brings back warm and fuzzy memories of my childhood so they will always hold a place in my heart.

These cookies were made with whole wheat flour to increase the nutritional profile a little, but otherwise I pretty much followed this safe recipe to ensure I did not ruin the wonderful image of these cookies in my mind. I also added some milk to the recipe as the dough was a little dry and crumbly.

They can be made to the thickness and size of your preferences/cookie cutter shapes, but mine are a little smaller, and I made some crunchy (for dipping in milk) and others soft. You just have to leave them in the oven longer if you want them to be crunchy.

  • Ginger is suspected to be the superfood of 2014, with lots of it in this recipe, your body will be able to absorb all those nutrients you are consuming in fruits and vegetables (if you are not consuming those, check my other recipes for ideas>>>>)
  • Whole wheat flour is a whole grain that puts you well on your way to your daily dose of fiber and protein as well as giving you heart healthy grains
  • Molasses have relatively high levels of magnesium which are essential to nerve, muscle and bone regulation
  • Cinnamon regulates blood sugar (to balance out from the molasses and sugar) and helps to reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol) in your bloodstream

Aren't they cute? :)

Gingerbread Cookies

Makes 40 small cookies
Preparation time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes

3 cups (375g) whole wheat flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup (170g) butter
¾ cup (165g) packed brown sugar
½ cup (120ml) molasses
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tbsp milk

Stir flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt together in a bowl. Put aside. Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg, vanilla and 1 tbsp milk. Mix for a few minutes until well combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture until well mixed. If the dough looks very dry (mine did) add another 1 tbsp milk.  Bring dough together into a ball, break the dough into three balls and press into flat circles. Cover each in cling film/saran wrap and put in the fridge for at least a few hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Put a very thin layer of flour on a dry, flat surface. Remove one dough circle from the fridge and roll it out to desired thickness (around ¼ inch). Use cookie cutters to cut them into desired shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 6-9 minutes (depending on if you want them soft (6-7 minutes) or crunchy (8-9 minutes). Place on a baking sheet for a few minutes ONLY before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting with royal icing.

Nutritional Information
Per 1 cookie (without frosting)

90 calories, 4g fat, 18mg sodium, 14g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 0g Protein 
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  1. I haven't made gingerbread cookies in forever. Yum and the house smells so good when they're baking.

    1. Yes! So true! When I came back into the apartment this afternoon, it smelled divine!

  2. Ahhh I love love love gingerbread cookies! ..though I've never made them myself. Maybe this year is the year when I finally give them a try.

    1. Yes! Go for it! I had never made them before today, it was worth it :) Let me know how you get on!

  3. Um wow these look absolutely perfect.

    1. Thanks friend :) If we weren't gonna stop by the best cookie place ever next wed, I would bring you some!

  4. Baking gingerbread cookies this weekend with my niece and nephew! I love all things gingerbread :)

    1. Awww, have fun :) Yes, this is the time of year! And the smell is amazing!

  5. Oh these sound like perfection! We use to make gingerbread cookies when I was younger so this would definitely bring me back to childhood! <3

    1. Awww, thats so sweet, it is funny how gingerbread reminds so many people of their childhoods. Warm, fuzzy memories :)


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