Gingerbread Cutout Cookies Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies | Food styling by Claire Stubbs | Prop styling by Renée Drexler/The Props Image by: Maya Visnyei

If the icing is too thick to pipe, dilute it with water, a teaspoon at a time.
 

  • Prep time 50 minutes
  • Total time 3 hours

Ingredients

Cookie Dough:
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup fancy or cooking molasses
  • 2 3/4 cups alI-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch salt
Royal Icing:
  • 7 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1 3/4 cup icing sugar

Method

Cookie Dough: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper. In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and molasses until combined. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves and salt; stir into butter mixture just until combined. 

Shape dough into 2 discs; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Let discs stand at room temperature until soft enough to roll out, about 10 minutes. 

Between waxed or parchment paper, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness; using festive cookie cutters, cut out shapes, rerolling scraps as necessary. Arrange, 1 inch apart, on prepared pans. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes. 

Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool completely. 

Royal Icing: In bowl, beat water with meringue powder until foamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in icing sugar until stiff and glossy, about 4 minutes. Spoon into piping bag fitted with small plain tip; pipe desired design onto cookies. Let stand until dry, about 20 minutes. 

Make-ahead: Store undecorated cookies in airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Decorate 1 to 2 days before serving.

Makes about 30 cookies.

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 24 mg
  • Sugars 13 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 109
  • Total fat 2 g
  • Potassium 64 mg
  • Cholesterol 11 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 21 g

%RDI

  • Iron 5
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 7
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 2
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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