Yep. I will own up to my title as cookie monster! Today I baked Christmas cookies from sun up to sun down. This year I cut way back on the quantity because we don’t have as many friends and family to share with like we did stateside. I went with sugar cookies, peanut-butter cookies, and my new favorite gingerbread cut- out cookies.
One could say that I wasn’t very productive in anything else on this relaxed Sunday afternoon. However, I beg to differ because I found my new go to gingerbread cut out cookie recipe! Yes, all thanks to Alien’s Day Out :)! She’s a blogger here in Korea that always has the most amazing looking goodies cooking in her kitchen. Here is the recipe!
Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup + 2Tbs sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup plain soymilk
1Tbs fresh grated ginger
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
In a large bowl whisk together oil sugar, molasses, soymilk, and fresh grated ginger. In a separate bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together, and then add to the wet ingredients. Mix til you get a stiff dough. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least an hour. When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350F. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Poke holes for eyes with a chopstick and make smiley mouths with the edge of a teaspoon (What a cute idea, right?). Bake for 8 minutes for softer gingerbread cookies, and up to 11 minutes for crispier ones. Remove from oven and let cool on rack, before digging in~
I am proud to report that there were only two casualties among the gingerbread men this year. We had a head fell off and another had a broken leg. All and all not to shabby!
Tomorrow morning I will be a true cookie monster…but not a selfish one! I packed up my goodies in cute holiday packaging to share with my co-workers. Nothing like a little pick-me-up for a manic Monday.
What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? Do you plan on trying out any new recipes this year?