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Easy Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
- Prep time: 20 min
- Cook time: 25 min
- Ready in: 45 min
- Yields: 24 squares or about 8 - 12 cutouts
Gingerbread Cookie Poll
Do you like plain gingerbread cookies or gingerbread men?
During the Christmas holiday, gingerbread cookies (whether as a gingerbread house or as individual gingerbread men) are a staple for the season.
There are many different ways to enjoy them, both in making and using gingerbread: you can make it soft and have moist gingerbread men cookies or you can make them hard and make gingerbread houses.
You can also make the ole fashion germen Pfefferkuchen (pepper cake) or the Lebkuchen (bread of life). The possibilities are boundless.
However, sometimes, around the hastiness of the season, there are things that get left to the last minute, and these cookies can, either, be easy or not, depending on therecipe (having to press out each little man and frosting and gumdrop….etc. etc.).
I always found making gingerbread cookies to be a little more time consuming then I would normally like. So, I came up with a way of making the cookies a lot quicker and easier.
The following recipe is basic and can be done with only a little time and work; you don't have to make a bunch of little men, but you can still enjoy the cookies by making a large cookie and simply cutting it into squares or you can cut the gingerbread men out of the baked cookie and decorate.
Whichever way you like them, these cookies are easy and quick, and can be made at the last, if needed.
3 cups of all-purpose flour
½ cup of 100 percent wheat flour
¼ cup of vegetable oil
¼ cup of white sugar
¼ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup of dark molasses
¼ cup of clover honey
1 teaspoon of baking soda
¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon of allspice
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ to ½ cup of water
1. Pre-heat to 350 degrees f.
2. In a standing mixer (you will need a standing mixer, as opposed to an egg beater, for this recipe because of its stickiness) combine the vegetable oil, the white sugar and the brown sugar.
3. In a medium to large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, the wheat flour, the ground cloves, the cinnamon, the ground ginger, the allspice and the salt and whisk it all together.
4. In a glass measure cup measure out the ¼ cup of molasses and the ¼ cup of honey, equally a complete half cup (preferably the measuring cup that you used to measured out the vegetable oil; it will make it easier to pour out).
5. Whip the oil and sugar together until they are well mixed and fluffy.
6. Add the ½ of combined molasses and honey to the mixing bowl.
7. Mix it all until it is well incorporated.
8. Slowly add one-third of the flour mixture, along with a bit of the water, and mix.
9. Wait until ingredients are fully mixed before adding the next one-third of the flour and water.
10. Add the rest of the flour and water and mix together.
11. When all the ingredients are well combine, and a semi-formed dough ball is achieved, stop the standing mixer.
12. Spray a large 13x9 inch baking / casserole dish with butter flavored cooking spray.
13. Scoop the dough into the pan.
14. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap, and press and spread the dough out into the entire pan evenly; making sure to push it into the corners.
15. Remove the plastic wrap and place pan on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until cookie in golden brown and a bit puffy.
16. Remove from oven and let it cool.
17. You may, either, cut into squares and serve or cut out ginger bread shapes using a cookie cutter and decorate if you wish. Either way, these are easy and delicious.