Simply Whole Kitchen

December 23, 2011

12 Days of Treats: Gingerbread Cookies (Day 11)

Wow! I cannot believe it is day 11 already! I feel like these 12 days have flown by!  Although I wish I could go back and fit in a few more things during those days, I wouldn't change any delicious bit up through today! And tomorrow's treat is mouth-watering'll just have to wait and see...

And don't be surprised if I take a few days off after these 12 Days are done....just to eat all of the treats that we currently have.  I'm trying to give away as many as possible, but there are still just two of us in this house and since I'm praticing my portion control with these treats that leaves a lot in our kitchen!

Today's treat is a timeless and traditional holiday treasure.  Gingerbread men are one of the first things I think of when I think of Christmas, even though I never really made them in the past.  Good news is that all of that spicy flavoring (from the vanilla, ginger, cinnamon and nugmeg) means that you cannot tell that they are 100% whole wheat and low(er) in sugar.

This is absolutly one we will make next year!

Gingerbread Cookiesfrom 101 Cookbooks (with small changes)

4 cups whole wheat white flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
11 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c sugar in the raw
3 eggs
1/2 c molasses (unsulfured)
turbinado (sugar in the raw) for decoration

In a large bowl with a mixer cream butter until it is light and fluffy.  Add in the sugar and mix again until creamy.  Then add the molasses and blend in the eggs, one at a time.  Add in your spices and baking soda.  Then add your flour and mix to combine (don't overmix).  Divide the dough into two pieces, wrap in plastic and chill for at least an hour (I chilled mine overnight).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. 

On a floured surface (dusted lightly with whole wheat flour), roll out your dough to approximatly 1/8" thickness and cut into cookies using a cookie cutter.  Transfer the cookies to the baking sheets and sprinkle lightly with turbinado sugar (or omit if you are watching your sugar).  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. 

To ice your cookies, mix 4oz of cream cheese with 1 tbsp honey and 2-4 tbsp of Silk creamer (or milk) until creamy and well blended.Enjoy!

Ooops, sorry! Were you going to eat that one?

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