Cookie Ornaments

These gingerbread cookies are sturdy and will hold up to being hung on the Christmas tree. You can add 1⁄4 teaspoon of almond extract for a richer flavor.

Makes: 36Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 36


  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2⁄3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1⁄3 cup Grandma’s molasses
  • 2 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1⁄8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1⁄4 cup egg whites
  • 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream butter, brown sugar, egg, and molasses. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves; add to butter mixture. You may need to use a dough hook to mix it; this is very stiff dough.
  • Roll dough out; cut into desired shapes. Make holes in top with straws. Bake 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Beat egg whites until foamy. Add confectioners’ sugar until mixture is smooth. Mix water and lemon; add to confectioners’ mixture a few drops at a time until correct consistency is reached.
  • Decorate cookies as desired with icing; allow to dry. Thread a ribbon through hole in top and hang on Christmas tree.