When the holiday season hits, I am always looking for sales, shortcuts, and a good cookie recipe. This classic make-ahead gingerbread cookie recipe fits two of my three criteria, and today I am sharing it with you.
I love this recipe because it tastes fantastic, you can make the dough ahead of time, and you can freeze them for later. Also... they make the house smell fantastic when they are baking!
I found the original recipe (here) at Glad.ca.
To make these simple (and delicious) seasonal favorites, you'll need the following:
3 cups flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1) Whisk the dry ingredients together, and set aside.
2) Beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
3) Combine the dry ingredients and wet ingredients together, and beat until combined.
4) Form dough into a disc, wrap in GLAD ClingWrap, and refrigerate for a couple of hours. (I left mine overnight.)
5) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then, roll dough onto a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter, and bake on an ungreased (cool) cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes.
6) Let cool completely, and store in an airtight GLAD container for up to 5 days... though I doubt they will last that long unless you hide them!
I find it a real holiday sanity saver to do things as far in advance as possible, don't you? I like to make the dough ahead of time. Then, I do the cookie cutting, baking and decorating with my kids the next day. I also like to bake cookies early and pop them in the freezer. This time of year, you never know when you are going to need a homemade sweet treat.
You can find some more holiday sanity saver ideas (from Glad) here. Do you have a "go to" holiday cookie recipe? Or do you have your own holiday sanity saving tip? Leave your comments below. I'd love to hear them.
Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)
Disclosure: I received compensation for taking part in Glad's holiday sanity saver campaign, but all opinions in this post (and on my blog) are 100% my own.