This week I thought I’d do a little something for the upcoming holiday. Everyone loves cookies and everyone loves Paula Deen….with the exception of Cam, who can’t watch her cook on TV because the lady never washes her hands and licks her fingers a lot… BUT she uses lots and lots of butter so I see no problem with the lack of hand washing… I know this makes no sense to you, but butter + the “south” = It must be good. So, ok… here is Miss Deen’s recipe for Gingerbread Boys & Girls taken from her Christmas with Paula Deen book.
Let’s get started…
- 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 molasses
- 3 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work surface
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 & a half teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Food coloring as desired
- Using an electric mixer at low speed, cream the sugar and butter until thoroughly combined. Add the eggs and molasses and mix until combined. Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and combine with a spoon or spatula. Remove the dough from the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap; place in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes, until pliable. Take about 1/2 cup of dough at a time and roll onto a floured work surface until about 1/8 inch think. Cut out with gingerbread boy and girl cookie cutters. You can re-roll the scraps.
- Using a spatula, transfer the cookies from the work surface to the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, until just beginning to brown at the edges. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
- To make the icing: Combine the confectioners’ sugar and milk. Divide the mixture into thirds; leave one third white, color one third green, and color the final third red. Decorate by piping eyes, mouths, buttons, and bow ties.
Makes 18 to 24 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutters.
Christmas with Paula Deen pg. 72 -73