Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Total Time:
1 hr 18 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
8 min

Yield:
12 to 15 cookies, depending upon your cookie cutters
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Gingerbread cookies:
  • 1 package sugar cookie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Royal Icing
  • 2 large egg whites or 5 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • Food coloring, if desired
  • For Gingerbread Cookies:
Directions
For Gingerbread Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, blend all ingredients together and chill for up to 1 hour. Roll dough out on floured board about 1/8-inch thick. Cut desired shapes with cookie cutters and place onto sheet pan. Bake for 8 minutes in preheated oven.

For Royal Icing:

With a hand mixer, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice or extract until frothy. Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined, smooth, and shiny. Turn to high and beat approximately 5 minutes till stiff and glossy. Add food coloring, if desired, and transfer to a pasty bag to pipe onto cookies.


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Where can I find a pasty bag? LOL. Can't wait to try this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great! I made them with about a tbsp of molasses and the rest honey as I do not like molasses at all. They were obviously lighter in colour, but absolutely delicious! I got about 40 3 inch gingerbread men out of one recipe. Also, for those worried about salmonella from the egg in the icing, buy a carton of egg white, they are pasteurized so no worry of salmonella! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for my teachers, and I think they are going to love them! I doubled the recipe so I would get around 30 cookies (one batch supposedly makes 15), but it actually ended up making almost 60! I rolled it out to the thickness said in the recipe and used average-sized cutters, so I don't know how I managed to do that. But that's ok, because now I have a bunch left for myself :) I gave a few to my friends at school, and they loved it. The cookies were chewy and delicious, and it was fun making them; I will definitely make these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
can you make royal icing without eggs? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love, love this recipe. The dough is so easy to work with, tastes great cookies came out perfect!! I did chill the dough overnight and was so pleased with the results. I have yet to decorate them with the icing but am sure it will be perfect! Sandra Lee's recipes are always wonderful!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Reading this recipe makes me think of the lifestyle convenience of designing your own Gingerbread Man with American materials. The procedure is very clean here and reminds of that old market box story: "There was a wanderer who realized that in a special odd town, everyone was competing for the recipe to a magic oily pizza, and whoever won would become smart." item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found out by accident that this royal icing recipe is the best copper polish on the planet! I whipped it up in a copper bowl that had been stained, it sat in there a few minutes and was gleaming like new. I have some other copper pieces that had such bad stains I wasn't using them anymore and this removed any stain including stains copper polish couldn't handle. I know this sounds crazy, but use the icing for the best copper polish ever! Also, the cookies were good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perhaps I mixed the ingredients out of order, but I followed the directions. The dough came out so dry it crumbled. There was no way to roll it out and therefore, I couldn't make the cookies. The flavor was really good so we were disappointed that we didn't get to eat the cookies. I think the directions on this recipe are too vague. Looking back I would have incorporated dry ingredients into the wet, but the directions say mix it all together so I just threw it all into a bowl and mixed it. I can only assume that's what went wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 13 year old daughter and I made this cookies last night 12/21/11 and they came out great. It was a very easy recipe to follow and the taste was great. She made them for all of her teachers. We can't wait to make them again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfection! Great taste and super easy. I like using the premeasured sugar cookie mix, saves time and steps. Kids and adults both loved these and I had to make 2 more batches for the ginger cookie lovers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Our kids love this so much. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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