Do these look familiar? Most likely no. They are cookies with some royal icing. But for me, these little guys look very familiar. You see, it’s holiday season in the malls, (I guess everywhere too) but I always know a new season of shopping is underway because that is when Apple employees get new shirts. My husband works at the Apple Store, and I am here to announce that we have officially moved from a royal blue to a vibrant red. Holiday is here. And we have less blues to wash, and more reds.
And, as all retail employees know, Black Friday is a loooong day. So why not make them a treat to help get them through? My husband is such a hard worker, and absolutely LOVES his job. This Thanksgiving, we were so blessed to be able to thank God for how much he loved his work and how thankful he is for his team. They work so hard every day, and do their jobs so well. The team has had lots of changes this year, and it’s been a real joy to see my husband be more and more excited to go to work, to celebrate victories with the team, and to cheer for them behind the scenes. They deserve way more than cookies, but we hope these are a small token of how thankful we are for their hard work.
These are absolutely my FAVORITE Gingerbread recipe ever. It’s from my Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Brown, and it calls for Crisco, which is something that I never have on m grocery list. But sometimes, you just need to use the right ingredients in order to get the perfect cookie. Am I right?
This recipe makes about 60 Gingerbread men, depending on the size of your cookie cutter of course. Perfect for a cookie exchange or to give as gifts. I love these gift bags from Michaels, they come in large quantities and they wont break the bank.
I used royal icing and practiced icing techniques as Annie’s Eats instructed. It’s my first time venturing out into the decorating world, and I think that they look pretty darn cute. I’ll keep practicing and I’ll make a tutorial once I have it down. Until then, venture to Annie’s Eats and follow her step-by-step process. It worked great!
Best Gingerbread Cookies. Ever.
Simmer 1/2 c molasses and 1/2 c crisco for 15 minutes. Cream 1/2 c sugar, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Dissolve 2 teaspoons. baking soda in 1/2 c hot water. Add sugar mixture to soda. Add 1/4 t cloves, 1and 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. ginger and beat. Add molasses mixture, then stir in 4 c flour.
Roll on floured surface and cut. Very little flour is needed to roll cookies out.
Bake at 375 degrees for 6/10 minutes, be careful not to overcook, they burn easily! Mine were done in 7 minutes.