01 December 2012

cookie decorating event!

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I had such an amazing time with everyone who came out to the cookie decorating event at Crate & Barrel in Arlington, VA today!  It never gets old seeing kids be amazed by simple things.  A bow tie for a gingerbread man?  He doesn't have to wear pants?  I can do whatever I want with my menorah shaped ornament?  WOAH!

Although we used a non-edible recipe for these cookies (better for ornaments, better for places without food licensing), I've included my favorite gingerbread recipe below and you can check out my sugar cookie recipe with royal icing here.  Thanks to everyone who came out today and a special thanks to Crate & Barrel for having me come by for the afternoon.  

Me killing time in between rambunctious friends.

Some of our creations.

 SMILE!   It's cookie time!

Recipe for Gingerbread Friend Cookies  (from The Joy of Baking)

3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup molasses

Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and spices.  With mixer, beat butter & sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg and molasses slowly until combined.  Slowly add in flour mixture and mix until incorporated and smooth.

Remove dough and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on floured surface.  Cut out gingerbread people with cookie cutters and place on baking sheet lined with parchment.  Place in fridge for one hour to chill.

Preheat oven to 350F.  Bake chilled cookies for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to get brown and crispy.  Remove from oven and let cool five minutes before transferring carefully to cooling rack.  Let cool completely before decorating with royal icing!


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