Maple Gingerbread Cookies

Maple Gingerbread Cookies
Yield: 4 1/2 dozen Prep 15 mins Chill at least 3 hours Bake for 10 minutes per batch

Ingredients

Cookies
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • Red M&M's minis
Royal Icing
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered egg whites

Make It

Cookies

1. In a large bowl, beat shortening, sugar and maple syrup on medium-high until well combined. On low, beat in egg and vinegar until blended.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Add flour mixture to shortening mixture, 1 cup at a time, stirring until incorporated. Stir in maple flavoring. If mixture is very soft, mix in a few extra tablespoons flour. Transfer to a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten. Wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

3. Heat oven to 375 degrees . Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Remove 1/4 of the dough from refrigerator; rewrap the rest. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough (it will be soft) to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out gingerbread men shapes and transfer to prepared baking sheets with a metal spatula, re-rolling scraps. Continue with remaining dough, lining each baking sheet with new parchment. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on sheet pans for 3 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Royal Icing

4. In a bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, powdered egg whites and 3 tbsp water until thick and shiny, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a pastry bag with a writing tip. Outline cookies and pipe on dots of frosting; add M&M's minis as buttons. Let dry.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 75, Fat, total (g): 2, chol. (mg): 4, sat. fat (g): , carb. (g): 13, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 43, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.