A holiday tradition: Christmas cookies - PILLOWPIA

A holiday tradition: Christmas cookies

We're making cookies! Who doesn't love spending a whole day baking gingerbread and sugar cookies and eating the majority whilst doing so? It's a holiday tradition that most everyone looks forward to...we know we do.

woman in blue apron, smiling with mixing bowl

(Criss Cross Apron Classic Fit in cornflower)

woman wearing blue apron, holding mixing bowl, smiling

Our friend Rachael is a serious baker. This time around we made a classic gingerbread recipe she found on Taste of Home, with a few added alterations throughout.

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1 large egg, room temperature
2 tablespoons water
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
Frosting of choice!

woman wearing apron, cookie cutters and dough on table
(Criss Cross Apron Brooklyn Fit in sun kiss)

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses, egg, and water. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Divide dough in half, shape each into a disk and cover. Refrigerate for 15 minutes and take out to thaw for 15 minutes. The recipe says to refrigerate for 30 but we found the dough was hard to manipulate during the cutting process.

"Don't be scared to add in a little extra cinnamon!"
- Rachael

woman holding tray of gingerbread men

Step 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a floured surface, roll each portion of dough to about 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with cookie cutters of choice and place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet.

We found these cute cookie cutters at Michael's - They currently have 50% OFF all Christmas baking supplies so you can have double the fun!

Step 3: Bake until edges are firm, 8-10 minutes. Remove from wire racks and let cool completely. Frost as desired! (we used Rachael's secret buttercream recipe)

Woman eating icing out of bag, wearing blue apron

À Voilà!

reindeer shaped gingerbread cookies, sheep ornaments, on white table

(Woolly Sheep Ornaments)

gingerbread men cookies in pink pocket

two hands holding colored felt macarons

(Felt Macaron Ornaments, Criss Cross Apron Classic Fit, in smoked)

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