60 min plus time to chill dough
makes 4 dozen cookies
This is a basic gingerbread cut-out cookie, good to eat, but a bit flimsy for construction projects. You can cut it into any shape you prefer. The hedgehog cookies as shown are spread with royal icing, then sprinkled with chocolate jimmies. You might use raisins for eyes of gingerbread people, or decorate with candied fruit or nuts, or simply make a shiny glaze with 1 egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water, brushed on before baking.
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • scant 3 cups (360 grams) all-purpose flour

Gingerbread hedgehog cookies are a favorite in my family. This cookie uses a flavorful spiced base, rolls out easily, and lends itself to various shapes or decorations.

 

make the dough

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses and egg and beat well. Dissolve baking soda in milk, then add that to the batter also.

Sift together the dry ingredients, then add to the batter, mixing thoroughly. Wrap the dough and chill for at least 24 hours and up to 1 week.

 

on baking day

Heat oven to 350˚F. On a very lightly floured surface, roll out the dough thinly – not quite as thin as you’d roll a pie crust – and cut into shapes. Place the cookies on parchment-paper lined baking sheet leaving one inch between them; they will not spread much.

Bake at 350˚ 6 to 8 minutes, until the cookies are firm but not much browned. Transfer the parchment with cookies to a rack to cool.

 

decoration

There are several options for decorating. Before baking: mix 1 tablespoon cold water with the white of one egg, and brush this on the cookies. You might also choose to press nuts or candied fruits on the tops.

After baking: drizzle with a simple confectioners sugar and milk glaze, or as shown above, use a more substantial royal icing and apply various cookie decors while the icing is still wet. This will harden in an hour or two, making the cookies easy to pack.

 

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