A Poetic Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

We have never made gingerbread before.

And while Kallisti treats baking like a paramour

I find it to be quite the chore.

 

I remember baking when I was young 

It was messy, difficult but I will admit it was fun.

But there was always a task that had to be done

 

Because despite all my Christmas wishes 

I was always stuck doing the dishes 

So now when I’m told to cook I get quite vicious.

 

On the other hand, my sister loves to bake

From brownies to cookies to cake

There is no dish she wouldn’t try to make 

 

And I would be her taste eater 

Because her cookies couldn’t be sweeter

And couldn’t steal them any discreeter.

 

So for this challenge, I adopted her attitude

That baking is great and shouldn’t be devalued 

While I did my best, mistakes were made because I don’t quite have her aptitude

 

So please read along and see

How we messed up Delish’s cookie recipe.

(Don’t worry the cookies still taste heavenly)

 

The day that we made them

We learned gingerbread is called gingerbread because you use ground ginger to make them

That means when you’re mixing, put ginger in before you bake them!

 

This would be our first time making gingerbread cookies, and it may be yours too 

So keep reading down below and read our review

Because this might be the perfect gingerbread recipe for you

 

We went to Walmart to line the kitchen shelves quite dapper

Then we each did our part, no one was a slacker

We put in all the ingredients and made the batter

 

But then we remembered

That very December 

That the salt and vanilla extract had never entered

 

Oh well we were resigned

Luckily the cookies came out just fine 

Some were burnt around the edges but tasted divine

 

The cookies tasted quite standard like the ones you’d buy in stores

But hey it’s the traditional taste we adore 

Know that you know don’t wait anymore 

 

Make some gingerbread cookies this year

Christmas draws ever near

These cookies will fill you with holiday cheer

 

It’s even more fun when you make them with a friend

As I’m writing this it’s 11 pm 

I wish you a lovely Christmas. The End

 

Delish Gingerbread Recipe:

 

INGREDIENTS

3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 c. packed brown sugar

2/3 c. molasses

1 large egg

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

2″ piece fresh ginger, grated (optional)

Zest of 1 orange (optional)

1/2 tsp. finely ground black pepper (optional)

Sugar Cookie Icing, for decorating

Sprinkles, for decorating

 

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and molasses until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, spices, baking soda, and salt until combined. With the mixer on low, gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, as well as  fresh ginger, orange zest, and black pepper (if using), until dough just comes together. (Do not overmix!)
  • Divide dough in half and create two discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 2 to 3 hours. (Alternatively, divide dough in half and roll each piece of dough between two pieces of parchment to 1/4″ thick. Chill until firm.)
  • Preheat oven to 350° and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Place one disc of dough on a lightly floured surface and roll until 1/4″ thick. (Alternatively, peel off both sheets of parchment from dough, then replace one sheet of parchment back underneath dough.) Cut out gingerbread men with a 3″ wide cutter and transfer to baking sheets.
  • Bake until slightly puffed and set, 9 to 10 minutes, depending on the size of your cookie cutters. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
  •  Repeat with remaining disc of dough. Decorate with icing and sprinkles as desired