It’s that time of the year again, when it’s finally cold enough to start baking/enjoying all kinds of cookies and sipping tea all cozy in your home. Since most of us don’t have the actual time to bake for hours, like our moms used to, the best Christmas gingerbread cookies recipes are often the easiest and fastest to bake.
Gingerbread cookies are not just a holiday cookie recipes. They usually bring out memories of mom waking you up on a cold morning with a plate of fresh baked gingerbread cookies. I often think gingerbread cookies are how Christmas at home memories would smell. Molasses, ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, gingerbread cookies are the best.
What’s great about gingerbread cookies is that everybody can make them. There are tons of recipes for gingerbread cookies that children could bake and even more for everybody else. Whether it’s a fancy gingerbread cookie man, with colored icings, a delicious fir tree or a heart, you can basically do anything you want because these cookies are going to taste great.
Most people don’t have just as much time to bake, but there are easy and fast gingerbread cookies recipes that are just as delicious. I’ve browsed the cookie recipes sites in the search for the easiest gingerbread cookie recipe that even some of the clumsiest people around the kitchen could bake.
Food Network featured what I reckon (so far) is the best gingerbread cookie recipe for the beginner. It’s not as fast as some of us would like to, but it is pretty basic. I’ve tried Johanna’s Gingerbread Cookies recipe for Food Network and it was easy. You basically sift the 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour with 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, ½ teaspoon of cloves and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda in a bowl.
Next step is blending ½ cup of softened butter with ½ cup packed brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Really, don’t settle for what it looks like a bowl that will hold everything. When you’re not used with handling a mixer it’s better to take precautions first so you won’t have to clean the whole kitchen of cookie dough and flour.
After you’ve mixed the butter and brown sugar until the sugar has melted add 2 large eggs, one at a time and then the ¾ cup molasses. Mix that again and start adding the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and baking soda you have previously sift in the first bowl.
Once you’ve mixed them until the dough is stiff, divide it in half then flatten that into 2 thick circles. Wrap them in plastic wrap and let it in the fridge until it is firm enough to roll out. I left it for an hour and a half, just to be sure. Roll out, cut into shapes and bake until they are golden brown.
Let me know how this easy Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe turned out for you.