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December 18, 2007

Gingerbread Ornaments or Cookies

Pissy Gingerbread Boy and Christmas Tree

What's Christmas without a little gingerbread? Gingerbread houses, gingerbread cookies and even just plain old gingerbread! All of those things make you think of a wonderful holiday season! You can make this recipe as cookies or you can paint the gingerbread after it cools and make lasting ornaments. Whichever path you choose, you'll have fun none the less! (We choose the painted path for the ones pictured here.) And the best part is whether you make cookies or you make ornaments this makes the perfect gift!

What You'll Need:
1 cup packed natural brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups dark molasses
2/3 cup cold water
7 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt

Gingerbread Reindeer

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In large bowl cream brown sugar, butter and molasses until smooth. Add water and mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients and stir until well incorporated.

Gingerbread Star

Sprinkle some flour onto the surface you're working on and roll dough out to between 1/4-1/8th of an inch. Cut with the cookie cutters of your choice. If you are going to use the cookies for ornaments remember to make a hole for the string or ribbon to tie them onto your tree. You can do this by using a straw to make a hole at the top of each cookie.

Bake for 9-10 minutes and cool completely on the pan.

Gingerbread Snowman

Decorate with icing, candy, sprinkles, raisins or other embellishments if you're going to cookie route. Whatever you like works. Just let out your inner cookie creator! ;o)

If you're making ornaments paint them with craft or acrylic paints and let dry completely. Once the paint is dry you can "seal" the ornaments by painting or spraying on a coat of polyurethane if you want them to last for many years. If you want to make "Pissy" Gingerbread boys and girls use a fluted cutter to cut a "bite" out of the side of their heads or even their foot if you want, because after all wouldn't you be a little pissy too if someone did that to you? ;o)

Pissy Gingerbread Boy and Girl

Notes: This really is the best gingerbread I've ever tasted. I'm not a huge fan of molasses by itself, but in this recipe it really brings out the flavors of the other elements.

Posted by Dianne at December 18, 2007 9:02 AM

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Love the ones with the bites out of them! Hilarious. Did you use acrylic paint for these? They look great.

Posted by: Karen Downing at December 18, 2007 10:51 AM

Thanks Karen!

I did use acrylic paints on these. I haven't sealed them yet though. I'll do that after Christmas. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at December 18, 2007 12:18 PM

Your cookies are so adorable, Dianne!

Posted by: Patricia Scarpin at December 19, 2007 11:50 AM

Thanks Patricia! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at December 19, 2007 3:53 PM

Very cute! I also love the frowny-faced gingerbread men :)

Posted by: Monica at December 20, 2007 6:59 PM

Thanks Monica! We had a lot of fun making them and that's what it's all about! ;o)

Posted by: Dianne at December 21, 2007 7:38 AM

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