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: 36 cookiesHands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup Grandma’s molasses
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ cup egg whites
  • 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions

  • 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 6–8 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.

Recipe Information

Makes: 36 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup Grandma’s molasses
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ cup egg whites
  • 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions

  • 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 6–8 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.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories130
Total Fat2.5g
Saturated Fat1.5g
Cholesterol10mg
Sodium75mg
Total Carbohydrate26g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars20g
Protein1g