If you have ever had the privilege of eating at the Kneader's Bakery and Cafe then you might have seen or tasted the cute seasonal gingerbread man cookies. This Kneaders gingerbread cookies recipe has been making a regular appearance at my Christmas festivities for the past 7 years. The spices are rich and the cookie is not overly sweet. You can dress them up or down to your hearts desires.
The dough starts on the stove top where you melt butter and sugar together. Then add the spices and molasses and bring it to a boil. This method creates a really nice chewy texture.
Once it has cooled down for about 15-20 minutes it is time to add the beaten eggs and vinegar.
Keep stirring until it is fully incorporated into the mix.
Then you will sprinkle the baking soda on top and add the flour one cup at a time until it forms a ball. Set aside remaining amount of flour to use when rolling out the dough.
At this point you can shape the dough into a disk and chill it in the fridge for a few ours. I usually don't do this step but I did this time because I couldn't make the cookies right away.
When you are ready to roll out the cookies, place the dough on a piece of parchment paper that has been sprinkled with flour (the measured flour from the recipe).
Roll it out until the dough is about 1/4" thick. I like to make my dough just a bit thicker than I might for sugar cookies.
Place the cut out cookie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. I like my cookies to be very soft so I always cook them for about 8 minutes. My nose is a good guide for when they are ready, but I use a timer too.
I like to bake just until they are set up so that they stay soft and chewy. Then you can garnish them with a drizzle of chocolate, buttercream icing or anything else you like.
My favorite way to eat these Kneaders gingerbread cookies is plain so that I can taste all the spices. Yum.
I'm so glad that they shared this delicious Kneaders gingerbread cookies recipe so that I could start a new tradition with my family. These cookies really are wonderful and they are worth the extra effort to make it in the stages on and off the stove.
I hope your family enjoys these cookies as much as we do!
Kneaders Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
1 c butter
1 c white sugar
1/2 c dark molasses
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 tsp white vinegar
5 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1. In a sauce pan place the butter and sugar. Stir them together, over medium heat, until the butter is completely melted.
2. Add in the molasses and spices. *spray the measuring cup before you measure the molasses to make it easier for the molasses to pour out.
3. Stir constantly and bring to a boil.
4. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to a lukewarm temperature. It took about 15 minutes to cool down. I tested it with my pinkie.
5.Beat the eggs and vinegar together and add to the mix.
6. Sprinkle the baking soda in and then add the flour 1 cup at a time. I like to measure out all the flour and then leave out about 1/2 to 1 cup for sprinkling when I roll it out-especially if I am making the cookies without chilling. That way the dough doesn't stick and it doesn't get over floured.
7. If desired, roll the dough into 2 disks and chill for 1-2 hours.
8. Roll out the dough until it's about 1/4" thick. Cut out your shapes. Use a little flour on the cutters so they don't stick to the dough.
9. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. If I want them softer, I cook them for a little less time.
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