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How to Make Gingerbread Cookies

Aparna Jadhav Dec 17, 2018
With the help of these recipes, learn to make gingerbread cookies and give your family a gingerbread treat!
Gingerbread cookies are not always meant to be shaped as men, you can use your creativity to make various shapes like fruits, flowers, hearts, stars, etc. Decorating them after they are baked can be an even more fun activity as you get to use different colored icing and candies for decoration.

Basic Gingerbread Men Recipe

  • 4 cups flour
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 tablespoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs
In a bowl, mix flour, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and baking soda, so that the ingredients are mixed well. In another bowl, add brown sugar and butter, and whisk it till a soft paste is formed. Then add eggs and molasses to this mixture. These cookies are also a type of molasses cookies.
Combine the dry and paste ingredients together and knead it till a dough is formed. Make two flat rounds from this dough, and refrigerate it for two hours by wrapping in a plastic foil. Roll the dough with some flour till it is ¼ inches thick and then cut out cookie men from this dough.
Place them on a greased baking sheet and bake them in a preheated oven to 350 degrees, for about 10 minutes. Then make icing and use some great cookie decorating for sleeves, eyes and a smile on the gingerbread men once they are cooled. Your delicious gingerbread men are ready to be eaten!

Butterscotch Flavored Gingerbread Cookies

  • ⅓ cup light molasses
  • 1 package Butterscotch flavored morsels
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
To make gingerbread cookies which are flavored with butterscotch, all you have to do is add in this extra ingredient to the basic cookie recipe. Thus, mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and whisk them well, till they are together.
Then beat the butter, sugar, egg and molasses in another bowl till it forms a soft paste, then add in the flour and butterscotch pieces. Mix the mixture till a dough is formed and them knead it thoroughly.
Refrigerate it and then roll it to the desired thickness, cut out shapes like pears, circles, gingerbread men, stars, snowflakes, Christmas trees, etc. and place them on the greased baking dish. Bake these cookies at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes and then cool. With white cream icing, decorate the cookies in various ways, and then serve.
With these great gingerbread cookie recipes, we really hope you have a great time making these delicious cookies for your friends and family.