This recipe is wonderful! I'd never made gingerbread cookies before but thought it would be a nice addition to my Christmas tins, so I picked this recipe and made exactly as listed. The dough was still pretty sticky after mixing and resting so I had to work in some more flour ( I thinks it's because of our altitude here in Utah) but the cookies still came out absolutely delicious. They were nice and crisp on the outside and very soft on the inside. Decorated them using royal icing and some red hots and they were divine!
This was my first attempt at gingerbread, and I can't see why I'd ever need to find a different recipe. Loved the addition of lemon zest, although I used a little less than 1 tsp. Baked them for 6 or 7 minutes on dark baking sheets and they were nice and chewy.
OMG this is good. I made it for the second year this Christmas and doubled it up as i had so many requests. I work for the NHS and usually work all of Christmas. However this was my 1st Christmas off in 7 years yet i still had to pop in to deliever my Gingerbread men!!! I don't add he lemon zest because it is SOOOO good without it.
My gourmet wife said these were the best cookies ever then spent hours trying to recreate what I did. She is very creative and tweaks things. Me, well, I just followed the recipe! My only change was putting in a bit less zest because it said "optional". Tasted best with a healthy dose of frosting. OK, well- not exactly healthy, I mean big. It helped to beat things well, and to use dark molasses.
This recipe really makes THE BEST GINGERBREAD cookies. The recipe is easy to follow and the cookies taste great. This holiday season I've made three batches of this cookie dough and still can not get enough! I'ts definitely a recipe to share with your family. The only change that I made was to add additional ginger to the recipe, (a total of two tablespoons) I like my cookies a little bit spicier than the recipe calls for. You must give it a try! Enjoy!
Absolutley a winner. What a wonderfull recipe. Thank you for delish cookies. Yumm!
I absolutely love this recipe. The texture of the gingerbread cookie dough was perfect and the only thing I changed was I added a teaspoon of lemon extract vs. putting in the lemon zest. They tasted great and people couldn't believe that they were homemade. I decorated my little mini 1" gingerbread men with Royal icing, dragees and holiday sprinkles. I have to admit that I love the decorating stage and it's where I let out all of my creative energy. I'm happy to say that I have definitely found my staple gingerbread cookie recipe. Thanks!
BEST gingerbread cookies ever! ....nuff said :-)
I made this recipe today and went strictly by the recipe. This is a wonderful basic gingerbread cookie recipe! The cookies taste very nice and baked easily, just watch the time, about 8 minutes for me. After baking this recipe today, I do have a few suggestions that I think would improve it just a little.
I used the food processor for the entire process---which was so easy! Because the dough runs a bit dry, a few teaspoons of cold water would help. Next time I will use 1/3 more of each spice to give the taste a little more punch. Finally, she was right, make sure you roll the dough out very thin cause they do puff up a bit. I used a toothpick to make a hole in each shape so they could be used as ornaments
Thanks for such a great recipe! I will be using it again.