This is my Granmomma, giving Parker his very first taste of a ginger cookie boy! Was he really, ever that little?
Parker (2 yrs. old) decorating cookies with Granmomma.
Last Christmas, Granmomma brought large ginger cookie boys for Parker, Natalie, and Cousin Hannah to decorate. They loved it!
So, today I'm going to share with you her recipe. My children and I made these cookies over the weekend, but instead of making them look like gingerbread boys, we decorated them to look like Mummies. Well....I did. Parker and Natalie just decorated theirs...it won't be hard to tell which ones they belong to them. I like to call theirs "Scary-Good". Ha!
Granmomma's Ginger Cookie Boys
1 c. margarine
1 1/2 c. sugar
4 t. grated orange peel
2 T. dark corn syrup
3 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. ginger
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. salt
My kiddos LOVE to unwrap the butter and throw it in the mixing bowl. :)
On lightly floured surface, roll dough very thin and cut ginger boys. Use raisin pieces or red hots for face and buttons.
Bake at 375 degrees on ungreased pan, for 8-10 minutes. Cool 1 minute before removing from pan. Decorate further if desired using cake decorating tips. (After the cookies were finished baking, I stored them in a plastic, air-tight container until the next morning when we were ready to decorate the cookies.)
Icing for Cookies
1 3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 t. meringue powder
2 T. water
1 T crisco
1 t. vanilla
Combine all ingredients until smooth. Fill piping bags and decorate. Or, fill a ziploc bag and snip off one of the corners, to make your own piping bag.
This was Parker and Natalie's first time to use a piping bag. The loved it. I totally let them decorate the cookies however they wanted to. No need to stress over what the cookies looked like...they were supposed to be SCARY! :) Making memories is not about perfection.
So, go grab your goblins and bake up a good time. This recipe is sure to please. Enjoy!