If there’s one single cookie that makes people think of the holidays, it would have to be gingerbread. Spiced ginger breads and cakes have been around for centuries, but the cookies are the most popular around the holiday season. Whether in the form of people or a painstakingly build house, gingerbread is one of the most popular and recognizable treats of Christmas. These easy Christmas cookies are a perfect recipe for a soft version and work well as people rather than building materials.
Like some of the other recipes in the book, this Gingerbread People cookie recipe starts out with cake mix. This reduces the amount of measuring needed and can expediate the busy holiday baking process tremendously. With only five other ingredients, the dough comes together rather quickly and then has to be chilled before it can be rolled and cut into the recognizable shapes. Once baked and cooled, the cookies can then be decorated with icing and candies to make the colorful treats.
These cookies taste delicious too. The ginger, spice cake mix, and molasses give the cookies their recognizable flavor and color. These soft cookies are a pleasant change from the many hard gingerbread recipes out there. Since these are a rolled and cut cookie, these can also be very versatile as they can be cut into any shape desired before they are decorated. This would be a great recipe for children to help with, especially with cutting the dough and decorating the finished cookies. It could easily become a holiday tradition if it isn’t already one in your family. After all, half the fun of baking is sampling the finished goods and decorating gingerbread cookies allows a lot of chances for sampling. Try this recipe if you want a fun, chewy cookie recipe this year for the holidays.
Yield: 12 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
1 (15.25-ounce) box spice-flavored cake mix
½ cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 large eggs
⅓ cup vegetable oil
½ cup dark molasses
Assorted candies and icing for decorating
1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the spice-flavored cake mix, ½ cup flour, and ground ginger and mix on low for a few seconds to combine. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, and dark molasses, beating briefly. Then add to the flour mixture with the machine on medium. Beat for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides once. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or up to 3 days before continuing.
2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough in two batches to ¼-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place on the baking sheet about 1½ inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges just begin to brown.
4. Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating as desired. Serve.