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Kim-Joy's Gingerbread Cookies

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December 10, 2019
5 Stars
Photo by Ellis Parrinder
Author Notes

These ginger cookies hold their shape when baking, which makes them a perfect go-to recipe for decorated, shaped treats. Not to mention that lovely cinnamon, ginger and clove flavour – it makes your whole house smell like Christmas!

Recipes excerpted with permission from Baking with Kim-Joy, published by Quadrille September 2019, RRP $24.99 hardcover. —Food52

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Kim-Joy's Gingerbread Cookies
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 12 minutes
  • Makes 18-24
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup (150 grams) salted butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (120 grams) dark muscovado (soft brown) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons black treacle (molasses)
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 2/3 cups (225 grams) plain (all-purpose) flour
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Place the butter, sugar and treacle in a stand mixer (or use a handheld electric whisk) fitted with the balloon whisk attachment and mix on high speed until fluffy. Add the beaten egg and spices and mix briefly. Add the flour and combine into a ball with your hands. Turn out onto a floured surface and roll out to the thickness of a coin. Use cutters or templates to cut out your desired shapes, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 170°C [340°F/Gas mark 3].
  2. Bake for 10–12 minutes until just beginning to colour. Leave to cool for 10 minutes on the sheet, then gently transfer to a rack to finish cooling.

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2 Reviews

Limmlc December 14, 2020
I don't see how you would ever be able to roll it out. I followed these instructions exactly and weighed out the ingredients and the resulting dough was so sticky I had to chill it in he fridge to even get it to a stage that was similar to a sliced cookie kind of consistency...forget about rolling it out. Tried adding flour to salvage things but I had to add so much the resulting cookies just tasted bland. Would not reccomend, it was a waste of ingredients.
 
SharynSowell December 19, 2019
I tried this but baked in a bundt pan because I don’t have the pans indicated. Took this cake to a party to rave reviews and noticed someone licking up the very last crumbs! The decorations turned out splendidly. I’ve decided I need this book. As an artist who loves to bake, it’s irresistible. Thank you, Kim-Joy!