Rachel baked some delicious gingerbread cookies tonight and these gingery guys were the result!
And they taste as good as they look. Yum! How many cookies can I shovel into my mouth tonight? Here is the recipe so you can try them yourself. Rachel said it was an easy recipe. Just make sure you chill the dough thoroughly and flour your rolling surface.
Cookies like these become common in Amish homes during the month of December. They are decorative and functional. They serve as sweet reminders of the season, and also make a great treat. The Amish don't decorate their homes in the way many people do, but they do embrace different food treats like fudge and Christmas cookies to celebrate the season.
HINT: For a softer, more "gingery" cookie...don't use a cookie cutter, shape the dough into 3 /4-inch thick, 1" across "buttons"...and then decorate with frosting and Christmas colored sprinkles...Of course they won't be gingerbread men but you get a softer, fuller cookie...that's coming from an editor that likes soft cookies:), the gingerbread men taste great, but since they are a thinner cookie they'll be crispier.
Here is the recipe:
- AMISH GINGERBREAD COOKIES
- 2 c. flour
- 1 t. baking powder
- ¼ t. baking soda
- 1 t. cinnamon
- ½ t. ginger
- ⅓ c. sugar
- ½ c. shortening
- ½ c. molasses
- 3 T. hot water
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Blend well.
- Chill dough at least one hour before handling.
- Roll out dough on floured surface to ⅛ of an inch of thickness. Use gingerbread man cookie cutter.
- Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
- Cool and decorate.