I am so thrilled today to introduce you to my guest blogger, Roxana, from one of my favorite blogs, Roxana’s Home Baking! We are both participating in a fun Virtual Cookie Exchange along with twelve other bloggers, each sharing a delicious cookie recipe on their site. You can find links to 14 different cookie recipes below…but first – here’s Roxana!
Hi everyone! My name is Roxana and I’m the baker, wanna be writer and photographer behind Roxana’s Home Baking, where I share original and adapted from scratch recipes. My mission is to show readers that baking from scratch can be simple and uncomplicated. Most of my recipes rely on easy techniques and everyday ingredients that even the novice home cook can use.
I’m so happy to be guest posting on Martha & Jack’s awesome blog! Aren’t they sweethearts for trusting me to take over this blog, even for a day? I hope I don’t ruin a thing. I promise to clean up once we’re done eating these iced gingerbread cookies.
Christmas actually is my favorite holiday! I dream about Christmas and baking cookies from the moment I close the door on the last trick-or-treater on Halloween night. Don’t give me that look! I’m thankful for Christmas and Thanksgiving is the day of the year I decorate my tree. The first time I celebrated Thanksgiving was just few years ago and you know the saying, teach new tricks to old dogs. Well, Thanksgiving and I, let’s just say we’re not BFF’s.
You’d think since I love Christmas so much I would know weeks ahead what cookies I will make for this cookie exchange. Sadly, it’s not the truth. I change my mind faster than the wind changes directions. I may wake up one day planning to make sugar cookies and by the end of the day I have baked up a storm but not the sugar cookies I wanted. True story.
Pretty much that’s what happened to these gingerbread cookies. I’ve been meaning to make some spicy cookies for such a long time but always there’s something more important or I don’t have all the ingredients handy. But a few days ago, there was no turning back. I had everything I needed.
Molasses, ground ginger, cloves, brown sugar and about 30 minutes to get everything done. Good thing these cookies don’t take much to make.
Thank you Martha & Jack for allowing me to share the recipe for these iced gingerbread cookies on your blog. It’s been such a pleasure! Happy Holidays everyone! – RoxanaPrint
Iced Gingerbread Cookies
Recipe Adapted from Taste of Home Magazine (Holiday Cookies 2012)
For the Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
For the Icing
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2-3 cups powdered sugar (depending on how thick you want your icing)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, with the paddle attachment on cream butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl, with a spatula if needed. Stir in molasses and vanilla; mix well.
- Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture.
- With a medium size ice cream scoop, drop cookie dough balls on the prepared sheets. With your fingers or the back of a spoon, gently press the balls, flattening them.
- Bake the cookies in preheated oven for 12-13 minutes. Leave to cool slightly on the baking sheet before cooling completely on wire racks.
- To make the icing, place the brown sugar, milk, butter and molasses in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over low heat and stirring continuously cook for 1 more minute.
- Leave the mixture to cool for 2-3 minutes and stir in the powder sugar, ground ginger and vanilla extract. Add more or less powder sugar, depending on how thin or runny you want your icing.
- With a small offset spatula or a spoon, top the cookies with the icing.
- Decorate with sprinkles, optional.
Looking for even more great cookie recipes?
Be sure to visit all of the great bloggers who are participating in this wonderful Christmas Cookie Exchange including our recipe for Orange & Ginger Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle being featured over on Your Homebased Mom. Enjoy! Martha