In order to give the kids more sweets to eat things to do while they’re waiting to put on their costumes, I made some gingerbread cookies for them to decorate. They’re not too sweet, which is good because the frosting adds a lot of sweetness. They have a mild ginger flavor and the molasses adds richness and that perfect gingerbread color. Here’s the recipe.

Halloween Ginger Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen, depending on the size of your cookie cutters.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cookie Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 T baking powder
2 t powdered ginger
1/2 t sea salt

1/2 c canola oil
2 T fresh ginger (I actually used a jar of grated ginger from the Ginger People
1/4 c molasses
1/2 c maple syrup

Icing Ingredients:
1 c powdered sugar (you can make your own, you know, by blending sugar in the blender with a smidge of corn starch).
5 T apple cider or orange juice (or soy milk, if you don’t want the flavoring)

Candy Corn

Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl, and whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to a smaller bowl and whisk as well. (TIP: if you measure the oil first, then the sticky sweeteners will just slide off your measuring cup).

Combine wet and dry in the large bowl.

Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 1/4″ thickness. Cut with floured halloween shaped cookie cutters and bake for about 10 minutes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Allow cookies to cool completely.

When the kids are ready to decorate, sift the powdered sugar and whisk in the liquid slowly, stopping before the full amount when you reach a nice spreadable consistency.

Have the kids spread the icing onto the cookies and press the decorations on top. Allow the icing to dry if possible, before eating.

I’ll post more pictures after they’re decorated.

Happy Halloween!

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Holiday Spirit – Gingerbread Cookie Recipe