Iced Ginger Cookies
Have you done any Christmas baking? I love to bake and especially love to do so during the Christmas season. A cookie exchange is always a fun holiday party and this week I’m joining 29 other bloggers in a Virtual Cookie Exchange hosted by The Everyday Home. My contribution is a family favorite, Iced Ginger Cookies.
My friend Jeannine shared the recipe with me many years ago. I knew I had a hit when I served these at a large family Christmas dinner and John, who is a chef, complimented me and wanted the recipe.
Don’t you think Santa would love to find a few of these waiting for him when he slides down the chimney to visit in the wee hours of December 25?
A great thing about this recipe is that it requires few ingredients and there’s no butter that needs to soften ahead of time. Flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, vegetable oil, sugar, egg, and molasses combine to make a cookie that is so very good. (See below for a printable recipe!)
Preparation begins with mixing the sugar and oil for 2 – 3 minutes. Next the egg and molasses are added. A tip that works well is to measure the molasses into the measuring cup that previously held the oil. The molasses will slide out of the measuring cup and you’ll hardly waste a drop.
The dry ingredients are mixed in until combined.
I use a small ice cream type scoop to scoop my cookies onto Silpat baking mats. Each cookie gets a light sprinkle of sugar before baking at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. The cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then are transferred to a baking rack to finish cooling.
The icing is made by combining powdered sugar, Crisco, and water. You can make this as thin or as thick as you’d like by adding more or less water. I chose to make the icing thick for this batch because we think there’s no such thing as too much icing.
Do you like my cute vintage napkins? They were my grandmother’s and I’m sure she purchased them for Christmas bridge club parties and never used them. I started collecting Lenox Holiday Christmas dishes when I was a teenager. Thanks to my Aunt Nancy, grandmother, and mom, I have a large collection to enjoy for Christmas.
Iced Ginger Cookies are equally delicious served without the icing. I usually run out of icing halfway through icing a batch because I apply it so thickly. Rather than make more icing, I leave the second half plain.
If you like to bake ahead of time, these freeze very well uniced.
Iced Ginger Cookies
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar plus 1 T for sprinkling
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup light unsulphured molasses
Many thanks to Barb for inviting me to the cookie exchange. I’ve already added several “must try” recipes to my baking list.
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The 12 Days of Christmas Tours are still going strong. I had so much fun sharing yesterday and have really enjoyed visiting the blogs participating each day.
Yum! My grandchildren will LOVE this. Merry Christmas! -Bev
Stopping by from the cookie exchange! These look great! I make gingerbread cutout cookies each Christmas, but I’ll need to try your recipe this year. Pinning for later 🙂
I agree: there’s no such thing as too much icing. 🙂
Your recipe looks great. I’m pinning and sharing.
My grandmother made a ginger cookie that looks a bit like yours and I don’t have the recipe. Will be making these. Thanks! ~Jeanette
yummy!! never enough icing.
These look yummy! I absolutely LOVE Ginger Cookies.
Those sound (and look!) fabulous!! I don’t know about Santa, but I’d love to find them on Christmas morning! 😉
Delicious looking cookies! It’s been so fun to be a part of the cookie exchange with you! Have a Merry Christmas!
Paula, these cookies look so delicious! I can’t wait to make them! Pinning and sharing! 🙂
Oh these look heavenly- I bet they smell wonderful baking-
I was going to ask where you got those adorable napkins but then read that they were your grandmothers- how fun!
It’s been great being on tour with such a great group:)
Christina – Aren’t those napkins fun? I know I will never use them because they can’t be replaced. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Oh yum! I love ginger cookie and with icing even better!
Gingerbread is one of my favorite flavors!!! Your kitchen must have smelled delicious!!!!
These look sooooo yummy! I’m definitely going to have to try these! Thanks for sharing!