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Gingerbread Cookie Tree

Let the Christmas tradition continue. ‘Tis the season for baking a million cookies and decorating for hours! Every year we build our gingerbread houses that we purchase ready to assemble but this year we are going to do it from scratch. I have not attempted yet to make gingerbread cookies yet until today. These gingerbread cookies are perfectly soft, chewy and so delicious. They are the best gingerbread cookies around. My Momma knew her stuff. I was afraid for so many years to translate our polish recipe to ingredients here. With some trial and error we did it! Let’s make some gingerbread cookies and build some cookie trees!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps to make gingerbread cookies

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Set aside.

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and sea salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add molasses, egg and vanilla and beat for 60-90 seconds or until mixture is smooth.
  4. Add dry ingredients and beat on low speed until combined.
  5.  Transfer on parchment paper and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.
Learn how to make soft gingerbread cookies. Christmas cookie baking tradition. Let's make gingerbread cookies tree

Super excited about this project! So wanted to make make a trees out of my gingerbread cookies. Don’t know which ones I like better so I will be doing both


Decision, decision… decision

Which should I use to cut my first gingerbread tree…. that is a question ..lol


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  3. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll 1/4 thick.
  4. Use the gingerbread cookie cutters to cut perfect gingerbreads. Transfer the cookie cutouts onto a sheet about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes in preheated oven.
  6. Let the cookie sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.  Decorate and enjoy!


As you can see I am on the mission here to create a gingerbread cookie forrest..lol First batch of cookies is baked .. Make sure to keep them at least 2 inches a part so they dont grow into each other. So plum soft gingerbread Christmas cookies


Learn how to make soft gingerbread cookies. Christmas cookie baking tradition. Let's make gingerbread cookies tree

Piling up my cookies up to see if they will work and create nice looking Gingerbread cookie trees. They sort of do but I need to stack 3 cookies of the same size to build my height. Got to make the best with what I have.


Rounder set of Christmas cookie cutter stack up a bit square


Now let’ see how spiky stars are lining up .



Decided to “glue” them together with icing before decorating will begin



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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and sea salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add molasses, egg and vanilla and beat for 60-90 seconds or until mixture is smooth.
  4. Add dry ingredients and beat on low speed until combined.
  5.  Transfer on parchment paper and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  8. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll 1/4 thick.
  9. Use the gingerbread cookie cutters to cut perfect gingerbreads. Transfer the cookie cutouts onto a sheet about 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake for 9-11 minutes in preheated oven.
  11. Let the cookie sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool.  Decorate and enjoy!

it is a hot mess express but I so hope frosting will help a bit so stay tuned . I definitely love a spikey one better

Learn how to make soft gingerbread cookies. Christmas cookie baking tradition. Let's make gingerbread cookies tree

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Learn how to make soft gingerbread cookies. Christmas cookie baking tradition. Let's make gingerbread cookies tree

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Learn how to make soft gingerbread cookies. Christmas cookie baking tradition. Let's make gingerbread cookies tree

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