The Best Gingerbread Snowflakes for Your Holiday Season

When it comes to the holidays, nothing beats the amazing meals and desserts that grace the tables of aunts and grandmas everywhere. As an adult, I’ve become increasingly aware of how much work actually gets put into all of the deliciousness that is the winter holidays, and it helped me to appreciate all of the delicacies that much more.

What this also made me realize, is that I should be making an effort to help out.

In saying that, I wanted to gift you guys with the most mouth-watering dessert that I’ve come across. I’ve yet to find another dessert better, since this one tastes by far the best, and also doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve overeaten. It is a nice finish to the food coma that is the festive season.

And so, feel free to check out this recipe for the best gingerbread snowflakes for your holiday season! (And don’t be afraid to send us some samples when you’re done.)

Gingerbread Snowflakes

So, here’s what you’ll need to make these soft, chewy cookies. Most of the items are probably already in your kitchen pantry, so you won’t have to spend a lot, and you won’t be in the kitchen for too long! A win-win, if you ask me.

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup molasses
  • ¼ cup water

Frosting:

  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1-1/2 tsp. corn syrup

Once you’ve got everything you need, the following are the simple steps to make your gingerbread snowflakes:

  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, cream your butter and sugar. Keep at it until the mixture is light and fluffy. (I used to try and do it by hand, but once I invested in a mixer it was game over!)
  3. Into this bowl, beat in water and molasses.
  4. Gradually add in your small bowl of flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Take your time with this so the strong spices are evenly distributed.
  5. Refrigerate mixture for a half hour. (This is when you can get some wrapping done!)
  6. On a floured surface (it can be your counter), roll out your batter. The suggested thickness is around a ¼ inch, but you can make them as thick or as thin as you want.
  7. Press your cookie cutters in to make your snowflakes. Tip: Using flour on the cutters will stop them from sticking. Keep balling up and rolling out your extra batter to get the most out of it.
  8. Bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. (Keep your eye on them …my oven is so old and heats the cookies much more quickly than newer ovens.)
  9. While they’re cooking, beat your frosting ingredients. Scoop the icing into a Ziploc bag and cut the tip small for easy icing.
  10. Get creative! Your cookies can look however you want!1215exps17103_CC153599C01_14_5b

I love gingerbread cookies, so turning them into gingerbread snowflakes to make them even more fun was totally something I was into. This is a fairly easy recipe to prep for and make, so consider inviting the little ones to help and using some brightly-colored icing to dress them up even more!

Think you have a better, more delicious holiday dessert? I dare you to comment below and give us the recipe!

 

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