Celebrating the Spring Holidays



A Spiced Holiday Cookie recipe that
makes the cut! Coming right up on, Weekend at the Cottage. Welcome to Weekend at the
Cottage. I’m Nik Manojlovich. Before I share this amazing recipe for
Gingerbread Spiced Cookies I’d like to invite you to visit our dedicated
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socials like: Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. This fabulous recipe for holiday cookies checked off a bunch of our wish lists. I
want to say a huge thank you to our friends at Redpath Sugar. This is their
recipe for Gingerbread Spiced Cookies. I’ll put links in the story now for this
recipe. We’re going to be doing three things. We’re going to be making a Spiced
Gingerbread dough. Second step, we’re going to roll the dough
out, cut it into shapes and bake the cookies. And then, the final step, is to
decorate them. Are you ready to make Gingerbread Spiced Cookies? I know I am.
Let’s get started. This dough recipe begins with us assembling the dry
ingredients. I have a medium-sized bowl. 3 cups of all-purpose flour.
I love the spice profile in these cookies. We have 4 teaspoons of ground
ginger, a tablespoon of ground cinnamon, a teaspoon ground allspice, a teaspoon of
ground cloves and then 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg. I did mine ,fresh. 1/2 a teaspoon
of kosher salt and that 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder. Take a whisk. Whisk those
ingredients together set the dry ingredients to the side. Now we’re taking
our stand mixer with paddle attachment. Into the
bowl of the stand mixer I have 1 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature.
I’m going to cream the butter until it’s light and fluffy. Next ingredient is key.
3/4 of a cup of Redpath Dark Brown Sugar. Now the sugar is packed, so jam it
into that cup and then I’m going to slowly add it into the bowl. The sugar in this
recipe gives the cookies a wonderful flavour. We’re going to cream the butter and
sugar together. Moving on we’re adding 1 egg, at room temperature, 1 teaspoon
of pure vanilla extract and then if you want to do the Nik Trick – add 1
tablespoon of grated orange zest. Really wonderful. Blend those ingredients
together now we’re going to add half of the dry mix and then, once the first half is
combined, we’re adding the balance. Don’t over mix the dough. You’ll see it comes
together really quick.We’re going to transfer it out onto a work surface.
Press it down into a disc shape. Wrap it up. Very important, you’ve got to let your
dough chill for one hour before you continue. What to do while the dough is
chilling? Get your cookie cutters ready. I would be making cookies for guests to
eat but I’m also going to be using these same shapes to create Christmas Tree
Ornaments. That’s a great idea! I also have these wonderful shapes, a small
square onto which I’ll be Writing Holiday Messages and then larger squares.
I’m going to be creating Hand-made Cookie Place Cards for the holidays. So a couple
of different ideas. Once our dough is chilled we’re going to bring it out of the
fridge about 10 minutes before we’re ready to roll it out. Turn your oven on.
Preheating to 350 degrees. Now once the chill is off the dough we’re placing
down a piece of parchment paper onto our work surface. A little bit of flour, add a
second piece of parchment paper on top. Rolling pin and you’re going to roll it out.
You’re trying to get a nice flat even surface you’re rolling up to somewhere
between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thickness and you can lift up the paper. Ooh it’s a
little funky over here, roll out this way. Oh and just play around until you have a nice even flat piece of
dough. Now take off the parchment paper. You’re going to grab your cookie cutters
and start to cut. You’ll see this dough works really perfectly. Lift and then
transfer the cut cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Once you
have your first sheet filled with cookies, great tip from our friends at
Redpath (sugar) transfer that baking sheet into the fridge for 10 minutes. Chilling the
cookies like this before they bake prevents them from spreading out when
they’re in the oven. It’s a great tip! Now once my cookies are chilled I’ll
transfer the cookies to the oven. We’re going to bake for 10 to 12 minutes. They’re
going to get nice and golden and it’s going to smell really wonderful in your home.
Gather up the scraps of dough. Roll up the next batch until you’ve used up all
of this dough. When the cookies come out of the oven we’re going to let them cool
for about 5 minutes on the baking trays before we transfer them to a wire rack
to cool completely. You know what’s next. We’re going to make Redpath Royal Icing
and we’re going to decorate our cookies for the holidays! This Royal Icing recipe is really easy
to pull together. I have our stand mixer on our work surface paddle attachment. In the bowl 8 cups of Redpath Icing Sugar. I’m adding a 1/4 cup of
meringue powder and just a pinch of kosher salt. Run the mixer on low just to
incorporate those ingredients. Next we’re adding 3/4 of a cup of water at room
temperature and 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. Stand mixer goes up to
medium. We’re blending the icing until it’s fluffy.
When doing this recipe if you think the icing is too thick, add a tiny bit more
water. If you think it’s too thin, you can add a little bit more icing sugar. Now I
decided to use a bunch of different colours for these cookies. So I’m dividing
the icing into small bowls remembering to keep one bowl pure snow white. White
is a great colour when you’re decorating. For the others I’m adding little dabs of
colour. You can see as I stir them together, really, really beautiful.
Once the icing is tinted we’re going to add decorator nibs to the bottom of pastry
bags. Transfer your icing in and you’re ready to start decorating. I’m going to
run a little bit of Christmas music so you can see the fun I had decorating my
cookies. I have a holiday prediction. You’re going to feel pretty sweet when you do that final dab and your Gingerbread Spiced Cookies
are decorated just like mine. Whether you’re creating individual cookies to go
up on a holiday buffet for friends to enjoy, let’s say you’re doing holiday
messages – Hope, Love, Joy. Perhaps you’re doing place cards so
your guests know exactly where to sit or then maybe a treasured keepsake, to hang
on the tree. But hopefully I’ve inspired you to make these Gingerbread Spiced
Cookies. If you do, I can tell you one thing, your friends and family are going to
have some Happy Holidays! From all of us, to you, Season’s Greetings. Until next time! Yay

Reader Comments

  1. Hi Nik. Great ginger bread spice cookies recipe. Excellent presentation. Thanks so much for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week.
    ~Blessings πŸ•ŠπŸŒ²πŸ•Š

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