Spicy Gingerbread Cutouts

Spicy Gingerbread Cutouts
Yield: 3 dozen cookies Prep 20 mins Bake 375°F 8 mins to 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • Quick Sugar Icing (recipe follows)
  • Assorted candies, raisins, nuts (optional)

Make It

1. Into large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, mace, mustard and black pepper.

2. In large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar and egg until fluffy, 3 minutes. Add molasses, zest and fresh ginger; beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture in 3 batches. Stir in crystallized ginger.

3. Divide dough in half; shape into disks; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 3 to 4 days.

4. To bake, heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon pads.

5. Place half of dough on floured surface; sprinkle with flour. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using 3-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into shapes; transfer to prepared sheets, spacing at least 1-1/2 inches apart. Reserve scraps.

6. Bake in 375 degree F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until puffed and slightly cracked on top. Transfer cookies to wire rack; let cool.

7. Repeat with second half of dough. Combine scraps and make one more batch. (Dont reuse again or dough will be tough.)

Decorating:

8. After cookies are completely cool, pipe outlines onto cookies or brush it over surfaces. Use icing to attach candies, raisins and nuts, as desired. Makes about 3 dozen 3-inch cookies.

Quick Sugar Icing

Ingredients

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Make It

1. In small bowl, stir confectioners sugar, lemon juice and teaspoon vanilla until good icing consistency. If too thick, add a little water. Cover surface directly with plastic wrap; keep at room temperature, up to 3 days.