Holiday Entertaining: Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Party

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The Cookies

Family Christmas Cookie Favorite

When I was little, baking was a huge part of the preparations for my grandparents winter visit. Even though they lived in Mobile, each Christmas they would fly to Birmingham for a two week stay. There was much talk of gremlins, old war stories & the promise we could make the return flight with them because every six year old knows there are no rules at your grandparents house. A flurry of activity always preceded with decorating around the home– fresh greenery on the mantel, the mailbox & on the old-fashioned grandfather clock. There were cakes to bake & cookies to dash with sparkle. One of my mom’s holiday traditions was to fluff the tree with spice scented gingerbread boys.

The funny moments always seem to stand out the most. One particular Christmas, the six of us piled into the station wagon to pick up Nana & Doc from the airport. When we arrived back home that evening, we were horrified at what we discovered. Complete carnage of gingerbread boys & our once beautifully decked tree had unfolded. Limbs were strewn about the living room with a trail of crumbs leading to one guilty, ill pup. Caesar, our imitation Corgi, had helped himself to all of the gingerbread boys from the low hung branches.As traditions slowly changed over the years, my husband & I have created our own. I don’t know what Christmas eve would be like without decorating gingerbread cookies together. No matter the shape, the memories are just as delicious as I remember.

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Cookie Decorating Party
Whether hosting an Open House or a Cookie Exchange,
classic gingerbread cookies are a must

Bake a recipe or two beforehand & showcase in large Mason jars tied with festive ribbon.
Offer an icing & toppings bar. Have friends decorate a dozen cookies to take with them.
Sheet cake boxes make excellent to go containers for sweets that are not quite dry yet.

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makes about 6 dozen
{1 3/4-inch size cookies}

Buttermilk replaces vinegar & keeps the dough tender in this traditional rolled cookie.

1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
3 cups flour
4 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 cup molasses
3 Tbsp whole buttermilk

Cream the butter & the sugar in an electric stand mixer
on Medium speed until light & airy, for about 4 minutes.
Add the egg & blend until the yellow disappears.

stop the mixer on occasion & scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula

Whisk together the flour, the ginger, the cinnamon, the soda & the salt in a small bowl.
Add to the butter mixture alternately with the molasses & the buttermilk.
Mix on Medium-Low just until the flour is blended.

Divide the dough in half & form two discs.
Wrap each disc with plastic wrap & chill 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Roll each dough disc 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
Cut shapes with your favorite cookie cutters.
Place 1-inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

the dough is easy to work with 
expect a soft texture right from the fridge

work in small batches to prevent excessive re-rolling of the dough
the acid in the buttermilk will aide in preventing a tough cookie

place the dough back in the refrigerator for a few minutes
if the dough becomes too warm

Bake 1 to 3-inch size cookies for 5 to 8 minutes,
placing like-size dough shapes on the same pan for accurate bake times.
Cool completely.
Decorate with Royal Icing & sprinkles, as desired.

Reindeer Gingerbread Cookies

Fill a piping bag fit with a No. 2 tip.
Pipe black Royal Icing lines to resemble antlers & mini heart-shaped noses.
Use red Royal Icing to make a batch of Rudolph noses on the cookies.

Note: Expect a soft, cake-like texture once the cookies are baked.
If you prefer a crisp gingerbread cookie, omit the baking soda from the recipe.

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1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp meringue powder
4 to 6 tsp hot tap water
Black or red food coloring paste

Whisk together the powdered sugar, meringue powder & the water in a small bowl.
Tint with black or red food coloring paste.

you’re looking for the icing to be thick but a flow that is nice & steady
you want it to hold shape when piped

Place a damp paper towel directly on the surface of any icing left in the bowl.
This will help keep a crust from forming.
Use as directed.

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Enjoy these beauties during the holidays beyond the classic glass of milk

No. 1

The Christmas Eve Sweets

Santa’s Cookie Plate

Let kids create a special gift of cookies for the big man himself.
Line the reindeer around a festive plate.

Include a bit of whimsy.
Glass milk containers from craft stores add fun.
Have kids pen a note to make it extra memorable.

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The Handcrafted Gift

Red Rudolph Noses

Cut mini heart shapes from the Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookie dough.
Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake as directed 5 minutes per batch.

Frost with red Royal Icing & allow to dry completely.
Fill Mason jars with a few dozen of the cheery nibbles.
Attach a homemade gift tag & complete with ribbon or twine.

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The Cookie Trimmings

Heartfelt Gingerbread Ornaments

Adorn the tree with a little home baked love.
Cut mini heart shapes from the Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookie dough.
Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

Punch holes in the hearts using a drinking straw.
Bake as directed 5 minutes per batch.
Widen the holes with a wooden pick while still warm, if necessary.
Cool completely.

Thread the hearts with kitchen string & hang on the Christmas tree.


Cooking Lessons
Follow these additional tips & pointers

The Shortcut Hostess

Not everyone loves to bake.
But most people get down when it comes to adding holiday swag.

Pick up packages of gingerbread & butter cookies in festive shapes.
Frost & make as merry as you wish.

The Baking

A 1 3/4-inch reindeer cookie cutter produces a yield of 6 dozen.
Use any shape or size cutter you prefer.

Bake like-sized cookies together.
Use these bake times as a guide.

Mini Hearts
5 minutes

6 minutes

Large Hearts & Rounds
8 minutes

The Expectation

Buttermilk keeps the dough tender in this traditional rolled cookie.
Expect a fragrant spice level & a pleasant twang in each bite.

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