German Gingerbread Cookies
Cuisine: German
Author: Epicurus.com Kitchens
Prep time: 35 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 43 mins
Ingredients
  • 3/4 Cup soft butter
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 Cup molasses
  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Royal Icing
  • 1 1/2 Cups Confectioner's (powdered) sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk (almond, rice, soy, regular whole)
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together well.
To make simple round cookies
  1. Make balls of dough the size of walnuts, and place them on a greased cookie sheet 3-4" apart.
  2. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
To make other shapes
  1. Roll out cold dough to 1/4-inch thick for cookie shapes. Cut with cookie cutters. If dough is sticky, add flour.
Baking
  1. Bake at 325 degrees F for 6 to 8 minutes. Or, if you like, refrigerate overnight before baking.
  2. Decorate with royal icing or some other dry icing. We don't recommend buttercream frosting as it makes the cookies soggy.
Royal Icing
  1. Add confectioner's sugar and milk to a clean bowl Blend with a handheld mixer until it is mostly lump free. Add corn syrup and extract and continue to blend until smooth for about 45 seconds to 1 minute.
  2. If it's too thick, add water by the drop (a little goes a long way). If it's too thin, add more confectioner's sugar.
Notes
Once the cookies are cooled, use Royal Icing and candies to decorate these. Often, the decorated cookies are given as gifts, or hung on the Christmas Tree as edible decoration.

Royal Icing should somewhat hold it shape for a count of 10. This will make a perfect consistency for cookies and gingerbread house decorating. To test, scoop up some icing with a spoon and let it drizzle into the bowl. You should be able to see where you drizzled the icing for a count of 10... if it combines too quickly with the other icing it will spread out too much when decorating. Adjust accordingly.
Recipe by Epicurus.com Recipes at https://www.epicurus.com/food/recipes/german-gingerbread-cookies/1924/