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13 November 2012

mmmmm... Somewhat guilt free gingerbread cookies



  The time of year has (almost) come.  Sergei gets out one of his favorite stories  (in all of it's creepiness) we just so happen to love this version here... 


and gets urgent baking ideas.

We have tried various recipes in the past, but finally with a bit of  healthy tweaking found one that is worth putting in the recipe box. Phew.

Main things we love about this recipe: 
* short dough chilling time
* they came out soft! 


(So, once the rolling and the cookie cutting came around, the camera had to go, considering there were also 2 more toddlers involved)

But they smelled amazing baking, the outcome was wonderful, and we finally got to use this icing piper i got at an estate sale this summer. Serge took the icing job pretty seriously. 



We had our eye on this guy... doesn't he look wiley?! 


  
mmmmmmmm..... Happy almost holidays!


Ingredients:

  3/4 cup honey

  • 1 stick butter softrened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for dusting work surface
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • Icing:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Cream the honey and butter until thoroughly combined.
 Add the eggs and molasses and mix until combined
Mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and combine with a spoon or spatula.
Remove the dough from the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap; place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, until pliable. 
Take about 1 cup of dough at a time and roll onto a floured board until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with cookie cutters and transfer to prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Transfer to wire racks to cool.

And to our suprise, when we came downstairs in the morning...
 we found Bo Jingles also quite enjoying himself amoungst the cookies.

little twerp!
































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