Baking and decorating cookies is a great family tradition. I absolutely loved baking up these delicious gingerbread cookies with my daughters. Then we all decorated them with some yummy buttercream icing. It was fun to watch my husband and kids decorate the cookies. My youngest (1 1/2) just enjoyed eating the sprinkles and licking off the icing. My 3-year-old enjoyed squeezing as much frosting as possible onto the cookies. It definitely was a fun way to make memories.
slightly adapted from Sugarbelle
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco
1/2 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup molasses*
1 tsp. orange extract (optional)
5-6 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground gigner
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground nutmeg
Cream shortening, butter, and sugar. Add molasses, eggs, and extract and beat until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Add slowly to creamed mixture and mix until incorporated. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours (or overnight).
Roll dough on a floured surface. Cut into desired shapes. Bake at 375 for 6-15 minutes (less for small cookies, more for large cookies). Cool and decorate.
*I substituted 1/4 cup dark brown sugar for the 1/4 cup molasses because I didn’t quite have enough molasses.
adapted from Betty Crocker
1 pound powdered sugar (4 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-4 tablespoons milk
Mix powdered sugar and butter on low speed. Add in vanilla. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. I noticed that over time our icing became a lot softer after being in our hands. Be careful not to make it too runny.
Today is the last day of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies. It has been a lot of fun! Thanks to Brenda from Meal Planning Magic for putting this together and hosting each week. I hope you check out the other fabulous cookies and treats posted today.
My previous Christmas Cookie Posts:
Apple Pie Cookies
Double Chocolate Mint Chip Brownie Cookies
Soft and Chewy Gingersnaps
Caramel Apple Cookies
Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies with toffee
Biscoff No Bake Cookies
Pistachio, Cranberry, White Chocolate Shortbread