Old-fashioned Gingerbread Sugar Cookies are thick and spicy, soft and chewy, and remind us of childhood celebrations. Always a favorite at Christmas time and Thanksgiving, these old-fashioned cookies are perfect for Alice in Wonderland parties, Onederland first birthday parties, Mad Hatter Tea Parties, baby showers and garden teas!
Our family-favorite recipe for gingerbread cookie cutouts, whether it’s gingerbread people, gingerbread snowflakes or gingerbread woodland animals, these are so much fun to bake and decorate together, and just get more perfect over time!
SUGAR COOKIE TIPS & TRICKS:
MAD HATTER TEA PARTY COOKIES - DON'T BE LATE FOR A VERY IMPORTANT DATE!
Mad Hatter Tea Party Sugar Cookies are a must for an Alice in Wonderland theme as well! These thick and tender cookies are also perfect for an Alice in Onederland birthday party, baby shower, tea party or garden party.
IS IT HARD TO DECORATE WITH ROYAL ICING?
Not at all! With my Easy Royal Icing Recipe, cookie decorating is simple, fast and so much fun - I call it "arts and crafts" for grown-ups - but everyone, at any age, will have fun decorating cookies! Here are my hints for working with royal icing:
HERE ARE MY TIPS & TRICKS FOR AIRBRUSHING COOKIES:
3 and 1/2 cups (437g) all-purpose flour (sifted, spooned & leveled)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
10 Tablespoons (2/3 cup) unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
2/3 cup (200g) molasses (I use Grandma's Molasses brand)
1 large egg (room temperature)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
EASY ROYAL ICING:
4 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons Wilton Meringue Powder
10-12 tablespoons water (room temperature)
1 teaspoon corn syrup
AmeriColor Soft Gel Food Coloring (strongly recommended!)
FOR DECORATING: Holiday Sprinkles and Sparkling Sugar (both optional)
HOW I MAKE THESE:
YIELD: Makes 24 (four-inch) cookies.
NOTES: These cookies will stay fresh in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Plain baked cookies freeze well up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before decorating.
TO KEEP THESE COOKIES SOFT: I keep a slice of sandwich bread in the container to keep the cookies soft – replace every day or so, as soon as the slice of bread dries out. It’s a sweet little trick! These cookies will stay fresh in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to one week.
Original recipe by Snowflakes & Coffeecakes; revised and republished in March 2022.
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