Gingerbread cookies are a type of sweet cookie that is made with a mixture of flour, sugar, butter, molasses, and a variety of spices, including ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The dough is typically rolled out and cut into a variety of shapes using cookie cutters, and the cookies are decorated with icing or other toppings before being baked until they are firm and slightly browned. Gingerbread cookies are often associated with the holiday season, and are often served with tea or coffee. They have a rich, spicy flavor and a slightly chewy texture.
1 (3.5 ounce) package cook and serve butterscotch pudding mix
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, cream together the dry butterscotch pudding mix, butter, and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into the pudding mixture. Cover and chill dough until firm, about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease baking sheets. On a floured board, roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness, and cut into man shapes using a cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. – 12 –
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks.
Be sure to cream the butter and sugar together thoroughly in order to create a light and fluffy texture in the finished cookies.
When mixing the dry and wet ingredients together, be careful not to overmix the dough, as this can make the cookies tough and dense.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to prevent it from sticking, and use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes you want.
Use a fork or a toothpick to make indentations in the dough before baking, which will help the cookies hold their shape and prevent them from puffing up too much.
Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at a moderate temperature for the recommended amount of time, or until they are firm and slightly browned around the edges.
Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating them with icing and other toppings, as this will help the decorations to stick and prevent the icing from melting or running.
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 15 minutes