Thursday, December 10, 2009

nana's gingerbreadmen (and women!)

Tonight we set out to make my nana's gingerbread cookie recipe. I have the recipe copied down in her own hand and she specifically notes in the title that it is for "gingerbread men (and women!)." good ole nana, she had five boys and did what she could every now and then to get a word in edgewise!

The recipe is as follows:

Blend together
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 molasses

Then add in one egg and mix until fully blended with the dry ingredients.

Sift together and add
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon

Chill dough overnight for easier handling (this step can be skipped if you are in a hurry).
Roll the dough out to approximately 1/4" thick on a well-floured board. Decorate as you wish before you pop the cookie sheet into the oven!

Be sure to preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake each cookie sheet full for just 10–12 minutes. This will give you a softer and plumper gingerbread cookie than usual.



Rachael Thomas said...

Those looks so tasty! I need to get baking!!

audreyscountrycrafts said...

I've never actually made gingerbread. It smells so wonderful while baking - I might have to try the recipe this weekend! :)

Danielle - Belleza e Luce said...

I've been looking for a new cookie recipe - I think I'm going to try your nana's!

Stacey said...

super duper cute!!

geschichtenvonkat said...

thanks everyone and i do hope they turned out nicely for you all! you should check out the little gingerbread house for your coffee mug in the next post...if only i had more time to bake!