Baking Classics: Gingerbread Cookies

Baking Tutorials. Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Editorial Director Baking & Cooking Tutorials Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Pastry Chef Writer TV Cooking Personality Writer Food Stylist Game Day Entertaining Modern Southern SocialsBaking Classics

The Technique

Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies

When I was little, the holidays weren’t complete until several dozen gingerbread cookies had been baked. Some of them were pipped with Royal Icing so candies could be attached as buttons. Others were pierced before baking so they could be thread with ribbon & hung on the tree. Create a few memories of your own & learn how to prepare a classic batch of Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies
 Baking Tutorials. Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Editorial Director Baking & Cooking Tutorials Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Pastry Chef Writer TV Cooking Personality Writer Food Stylist Game Day Entertaining Modern Southern Socials

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makes about 4 dozen

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 all purpose 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, about 4 minutes. Add the egg & blend until the yellow disappears. Stop the mixer occasionally & 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 to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut shapes with a 3 x 2 3/4-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until puffed & set. Cool completely.

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Baking Tutorials. Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Editorial Director Baking & Cooking Tutorials Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Pastry Chef Writer TV Cooking Personality Writer Food Stylist Game Day Entertaining Modern Southern SocialsHow To Make Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies

The first step to handcrafting something stellar is to begin with quality ingredients. The rest comes down to utilizing the proper procedure & not cutting corners. Rolled Cookies refer to a specific cookie style. Gingerbread & sugar cookie dough are examples of the type of cookies classified in this category. Blend the dough, roll it out & cut the shapes. Leavening affects the final shape of the cookies so if you prefer a clean, crisp texture & look, it can be omitted from many recipes as in the case of Classic Sugar Cookies. Baking soda & powder produce puffier shapes & a soft or cake-like texture as found in Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies.

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From quality ingredients that are measured properly to blending & portioning them just so, you can create a batch of cookies that replicate those from a fine bakeshop. With a few pointers, you’ll be well on your way to baking pan after pan of irresistible cookies & know you’ve created something a little more wholesome. It’s important to first read over a recipe before jumping right in or you may find yourself in a bind. Toasting nuts, blending items ahead of time & measuring ingredients well before needed always makes the process more manageable. Make certain ingredients are the proper temperature before beginning as well. Here’s what you should know.

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The Ingredients

The Butter

Softened butter is called for often in recipe applications. The key is to begin the mixing process whether for cookies or other baked items with butter that is the proper consistency. It shouldn’t be too firm nor too soft. You should be able to create a rudimentary butter curl with a spoon indicating that it is indeed ready to use.

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Sugar acts as a spreading agent in recipes so it’s important that it is measured properly for use in recipe applications. Pack brown sugar in measuring cups. The back of a smaller cup pressed tightly over the surface will help get the job done quickly. Use a butter knife to swipe over the surface for a level, even measurement.

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One of the most important steps when making a batch of cookie dough is being certain the leavening in dispersed evenly throughout the dough for an even rise in the oven. Always whisk together the dry ingredients before adding them to the butter & sugar mixture for the best results when baking.

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The Cookie Blending Procedure 

The Creaming Process

The creaming process is a chance to prepare ingredients to meld together to ensure a pleasing end result. Fat that is the proper temperature & sugar are blended together using a flat beater attachment until the mixture is light & airy.

After approximately 2 minutes, you will notice a sandy mixture clinging to the bowl sides. It’s important to scrape down the bowl sides occasionally using a rubber spatula to be certain the mixture is evenly blended at the end of the process. 

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Scrape down the bowl sides once again using a rubber spatula before adding the egg. Mix the dough on Low speed just until blended. 

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After the egg is blended into the mixture, the remaining ingredients can be added. It should appear fluffier & lighter in color.

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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. 

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The Gingerbread Dough

Remove the dough from the work bowl. Divide the dough in half & form two discs. Wrap each disc with plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

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The dough is easy to work with expect a soft texture right from the refrigerator. 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.

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

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The Baking

Before baking cookies, it’s important to preheat the oven in advance so that the dough performs as it should during the baking process. Only bake one pan of portioned cookie dough at a time for accurate results. Adding too much into the oven at one time will slow the baking process & skew how the dough bakes. 

Bake the pans 8 to 9 minutes or until the cookies are puffed & set. Cool completely on the pans before removing them. 

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