The first day of the year always seems like the perfect day to nest, perhaps not even to get the kids out of their pajamas, to let everyone sleep in a little later (we made it to 7!) and of course, for baking or other food fun. Today, Travis woke up having dreamed about cookies, so we quickly set about making real ones, using a recipe from his Raddish Kids Holiday Traditions kit.
For the cookies:
- 3 and 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 3/4 cup Earth Balance butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 Ener-G egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
For the icing:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup plain non-dairy creamer
- To prepare the dough, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a bowl. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add the Ener-egg and molasses; beat until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until you form a dough.
- Divide the dough into two equal portions and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Once chilled, dust a cutting boat with flour and roll one portion of the dough to about 1/4-inch thick. (Note: alternatively roll the dough thinner for crispier gingerbread, but we like ours a bit soft and chewy). Raddish provided a gingerbread cookie cutter that made generously-sized people!
- Place the cookie shapes on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Gather the scraps of dough and repeat until the sheets are filled, then bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the icing: whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and creamer. Add more powdered sugar if your icing seems too thin or more creamer if it seems too thick. Raddish also provided a piping bottle, and Travis loved using this to apply the icing! That meant some of our gingerbread people had big globs, but some featured more traditional eyes, smiles, and buttons.
These made for the perfect winter snack! We made up silly gingerbread man rhymes while he noshed and learned more about the history of gingerbread houses from the recipe card. Happy 2020!