Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ornamental Gingerbread Cookies

I've been waiting a long time to make these gingerbread cookies since I saw the recipe posted on Linda's blog, Behind My Red Door. Love reading her blog. I've been searching for the perfect cookie cutter and found one at a really old hardware store in Iowa. They had a huge kitchen section with lots of neat kitchen gadgets. Here is the recipe courtesy of Linda. These ornaments smell so good while baking!

Ornamental Gingerbread Cookies

3 tablespoon shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup water
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon each: ground cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg
peppercorns for the eyes and buttons

Beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in molasses. Mix dry ingredients together. Stir them into the sugar mixture and gradually add water. Dough will be very stiff. Refrigerate overnight. Heat oven to 350ยบ. Cut dough into three pieces. Roll one piece at a time (between two sheets of waxed paper) to a thickness of about 1/4". I sprinkled a little flour on the dough while rolling out as its a little sticky. Cut out desired shapes and patterns. ***If you are planning to hang these ornaments, poke holes in the shapes now with a straw or toothpick.*** Bake for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool and harden for several hours or overnight.

Finished ornaments can be painted, sealed, or dipped in melted wax. The possibilities are endless!


Janet - underthewillow said...

What perfect gingers! I love how they look all piled in that jar tied with homespun, I want that! LOL


Carla said...

Oh my! Those are so cute! I remember when Linda posted about hers and kept thinking I would make some. You've revived my thoughts! I love them! I need just the right cookie cutter, too, so will have to see if I can find one.

Doreen said...

WONDERFUL!!! Thanks so much for this great recipes..I'm going to mix this up right now :)

:)Wishing you a wonderful day

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

I also remember this from Linda's blog. I love the way yours look in the jar!
I've got to get some made! it's time!
Thanks for the reminder!

Originalsbyconnieione said...

Those are so CUTE! love your picture and thanks for sharing.


Doreen said...

Hi Tammy. Just wanted to stop by and tell you that I made these yesterday and they came out wonderfully! And gracious..they smelled amazing while they were cooking..I had a hard time not eating them!

Thanks so much :)

rockriverstitches said...

Doreen, I have a little bit of gingerbread dough left over, so I am going to make some into ornaments for my tree today.


Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Adorable...and I love how you have them displayed.
Thanks for re-posting the recipe!

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Yours came out great too!
Wishing you and yours a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! warm hugs, Linda

Gina said...

I've made them before but yours look so good and I love how they look in the jar so I will have to make some more. Thanks!

Vicky Lee said...

Are these also good to eat? I want to make them for a jar like yours and to eat.

Tammy Franck said...

Vicky Lee, I never did try to eat them. I made them so long ago.