Do you have a weekend where you make oodles of Christmas cookies? That one weekend was always my favorite growing up, and as a blogger it still is now. I’m not ashamed to say I cranked up the holiday station on Pandora and danced around like a goofball while whipping up these homemade gingerbread men cookies.
I mean, I’m pretty sure awkward kitchen dancing is a requirement for delicious cookies. They won’t turn out quite as good if you don’t. 😉
This year, I decided to try my hand at homemade gingerbread cookies. I did some research to figure out what’s needed to craft the much-loved classic Christmas cookie, and I think I’ve come up with a wonderfully simple and fun recipe to brighten up your holiday season this year!
If I’m going to make any recommendation about stress-free holiday cookie baking, it’s going to be about the hardware.
Friends, do not spend your money on metal cookie cutters. Just don’t do it. I know they are pretty, and classy, but when it’s time to come down to business they just don’t measure up.
If I can crush a cookie cutter in my hand and render it into a “blob”, it has no place in my kitchen. I’ve had tons of metal cookie cutters over the years and time and time again I always end up disappointed. I want cookie cutter that will last and keep a firm shape, and for that reason I vote plastic cookie cutters for all your cookie creations.
I bought a big box of color-coated cookie cutters off Amazon that contains every possible cookie cutter I would ever need, and I am happy to report that the gingerbread man cutter did a superior job. No fat gingerbread men in my kitchen!
Their eyes might be a little lopsided, but I’m happy to take the blame on that one.
The other key to great cookies is refrigerating the dough. Though I know this might be considered obvious for rolled cookies, you’d be surprised how many people like myself might try to just roll the dough out immediately.
…I don’t like being patient for my cookies. By the time I’m making them, I’m already hungry for them. But friends, patience is important. If you want, you can make a few batches of cookie dough the night before you plan on having all the fun with decorating. Just stick in a plastic bag and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. This cookie dough will actually keep in the fridge for up to 5 days!
Finally. don’t be afraid to liberally flour your work surface before you roll out the dough. Seriously. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to scrape a perfectly shaped gingerbread man off your counter with a spatula.
So, in summation: plastic cookie cutters, plenty of refrigeration time, and a heavily floured work surface.
Oh, and have fun!
I’ll be back on Friday with a fun twist on classic sugar cookies, so be sure to check back that morning!