06 December 2013

Gingerbread Cookies (on a stick)!

My son asked me last month if we could make gingerbread cookies and it caught me off guard. My son, who wont eat spicy foods and prefers plain pasta or rice, who only likes vanilla ice cream?! I will admit, Gingerbread cookies were not my favorite as a kid and this was my first time making them. But anything to have some bonding time with my little guy I will do- and I think I now have a new favorite cookie. And anything is fun to eat on a stick right? :)



Like I said, I have never made Gingerbread cookies- I found this recipe in the good old Better Homes and Garden Cookbook. A cookbook my mom used when I was growing up and I got one when I was married. I'm sure this recipe is similar to others but I wanted to share anyway. I had some straws I found in the Target dollar aisle and I just knew they would be fun to put the cookies on. You could also you popsicles sticks. We had fun making gingerbread men and gingerbread lollipops!


I just want to add: This recipe calls for the cookies to be baked at 375*. I made sure the paper straws would not burn, but if your recipe is a higher temperature.. I suggest you watch them closely. ;)

Gingerbread Cookies

(Recipe from Better Homes and Garden)
Ingredients: 
 1/2 cup Shortening 
1/2 cup sugar 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon ground ginger 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon cloves 
1/2 cup molasses 
1 egg 
1 tablespoon vinegar 
2 1/2 cups flour 
1 package of paper straws or popsicle sticks 

Directions:

1.Beat shortning with an electric mixer for 3O seconds. Add in baking powder, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and cloves. Beat until combined well. Add in molasses, vinegar and egg until all is combined. Beat in flour (as much as you can) and stir the remaining amount. Cover and Chill for at least 2 hours or dough is easy to handle.

2. Grease cookie sheet and preheat oven to 375*. Use half of dough, roll dough onto lightly floured surface. The recipe called for 1/8 thick for each cookie, but I made mine a little thicker. Use your cookie cutter to make shapes and put onto cookies sheets. My son loved helping me with this part.




To add sticks(or straws): Once you have your gingerbread men or circle shape, put the stick in the dough. Make sure it is at least half way or else the cookie will fall off once its baked. I cut my straws a little shorter too. Another thing I did was press it onto the cookie and then added extra dough to cover it so there wasn't a whole. if you are going to frost them anyway..it wont matter how it looks.

3. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges of cookies are light brown. Let cool for one minute.


4. Decorate cookies with frosting, sprinkles or powder sugar.

 
My kids loved them!

The gingerbread lollipops (as we call them) are so cute! The words "and visions of sugar plums danced in their heads" kept coming to mind when I was making these :)

  These would be make a great treat or gift idea for neighbors or friends. Also a fun idea for a Christmas party!

4 comments:

Creative Raisins said...

I love that you put them on sticks, very cool

Maria said...

What a fun idea! I've been making so many gingerbread treats this past week..... they are my favorite for Christmas! Actually, I like the smell of them better than I do the taste! These look so fun!

anyonita green said...

Oh now this is a lovely idea! :) Gingerbread on a stick is something that you think would have already been very popular; I see this catching on! I definitely know I would find it fun to eat my gingerbread men if they were dancing on stripey poles! :) I followed you here from the Dream to Reality link party, btw. And I just wanted to invite you to come link up with me at Tasty Tuesdays, where every post gets pinned: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/free-blog-advertising.html Hope to see you there!

Angela Paris said...

These are so cute! I will be making these with my kiddos for sure! :)
I'm pinning it now. Thanks so much for sharing!
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