Showing posts with label gingerbread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gingerbread. Show all posts

Friday, December 7, 2018

Gingerbread Cookie Stars / #ChristmasCookies

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Welcome to the last day of #ChristmasCookieWeek 2018! I have one more recipe to share with you today, and then we will be done filling our cookie tin! I searched for a cookie that is pretty much universally loved by all, and also screams "Christmas"! I needed it to be a small cookie, so it could be what I like to call "a filler". A filler cookie fills the holes in the cookie tin once the tin is filled with the larger cookies. There is usually room for filler cookies on the sides of the tin. Of course, fillers don't always have to be cookies. They could also be candy that compliments the cookies, like caramels, peppermints or fudge!

I knew right away that I wanted to make small gingerbread cookies as my filler! They are one of my very favorite cookies, and it just wouldn't be Christmas without them! So I decided to make these Gingerbread Cookie Stars. They are simple, small and have just enough of the gold and silver sugar to be festive! I think they fill our tin beautifully!

Gingerbread Cookie Stars
(printable recipe at end of page)

1/2 cup Shortening
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/2 cup Molasses
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Vinegar
2 1/2 cups Flour
Decorative Sugars

Beat the shortening for 30 seconds on medium speed, then add sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat to combine the ingredients. Scrape sides of bowl once combined.
Add molasses, egg, and vinegar. Mix with batter.

Add flour and mix in.
Once all batter is combined, divide dough in half, and wrap with plastic. Chill for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
Once chilled, roll out the dough to 1/8" thickness. I rolled the dough between parchment paper because I like how easy it is to handle this way.
But you can also do it this way.
Cut dough with a star cookie cutter. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with decorative sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 4-5 minutes, depending on the size of your star. Cool on a cooling rack, and enjoy!



Now that I am done baking all the cookies to fill up the cookie tins I give to friends during the holidays, I thought I would share with you how the tin looks with the cookies in it. I am very happy with how they turned out, and I think everyone will enjoy every cookie!

Thank you so much for joining me and my blogging friends, as we worked our way through the tastiest week of the season! I hope you enjoyed all the recipes, and let me know if you make any of them! One question-What's in your cookie tin?

Don't forget to enter the giveaway! Find it here!

Look at all these tasty goodies my blogging friends made today:

#ChristmasCookiesWeek Friday Recipes






Gingerbread Cookie Stars

ingredients:

1/2 cup Shortening
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/2 cup Molasses
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Vinegar
2 1/2 cups Flour
Decorative Sugars

instructions:


  1. Beat the shortening for 30 seconds on medium speed, then add sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat to combine the ingredients. Scrape sides of bowl once combined.
  2. Add molasses, egg, and vinegar. Mix with batter.
  3. Add flour and mix in.
  4. Once all batter is combined, divide dough in half, and wrap with plastic. Chill for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  5. Once chilled, roll out the dough to 1/8" thickness. I rolled the dough between parchment paper because I like how easy it is to handle this way.
  6. Cut dough with a star cookie cutter. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with decorative sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 4-5 minutes, depending on the size of your star. Cool on a cooling rack, and enjoy!
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Gingerbread Bars / #ChristmasCookiesWeek

These Gingerbread Bars make a flavorful addition to your cookie trays and tins! Colorful Cookie tins with a mix of cookies and a bar or two make the perfect gift! These bars come together easily, and although I used white chocolate chips in the batter, they would taste great with semisweet or milk chocolate also!

Add sprinkles right after taking the bars from the oven for a festive and fun look!

Gingerbread Bars
(printable recipe at end of page)

3/4 cup Flour 
2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons ground Ginger
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground Cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup unsalted Butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed dark brown Sugar
1/4 cup Molasses
2 Eggs
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon very hot tap water
1 cup White Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the flour, cocoa powder, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg and salt together in a medium bowl.
Cream the brown sugar, and butter together with a mixer. Add in the molasses, and then the eggs. Beat until smooth.
Place the hot water in a small bowl. Add the baking soda, and stir to dissolve.
Add half of the flour mix to the wet batter and stir together. Stir in the baking soda/water mix, then stir in the remainder of the flour mix. Add in the chocolate chips.
Pour batter into an 8x8 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.
Thank you for joining me today, and thank you for stopping by this past week for #ChristmasCookieWeek. Wasn't it fun?! I had a blast sharing some of my family specialties with all of you, and I hope you found some cookie recipes that you like and that they become a part of your family Christmas celebration for years to come! 

I have a lot more holiday recipes coming up, so don't be a stranger! Stop by next week for some simple candy recipes! They would be nice tucked in to your cookie tins!

Check out these cookies from my fellow bloggers! They all look so awesome!:



Sunday, December 3, 2017

Gingerbread Cookie Cups w/ Tapioca Pudding / #SundaySupper

There are a lot of things that say Christmas, but nothing says it more to me than gingerbread! I love the combination of gingerbread and tapioca together and I think you will also! This recipe for Gingerbread Cookie Cups w/ Tapioca Pudding is perfect for large groups. The recipe can be made in stages over the period of a couple days, if needed! They keep well in the fridge also!

 We are celebrating Buffet Menu Ideas today, and this recipe works great for large groups, as well as small. The cookie cups are festive and full of color, making your buffet table stand out beautifully! 

Gingerbread Cookie Cups w/ Tapioca Pudding
(printable recipe at end of page)
(makes 20-24)
 
Gingerbread Cups
1/2 cup Shortening
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/2 cup Molasses
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Vinegar
2 1/2 cups Flour

Tapioca Pudding 
1/3 cup small pearl Tapioca
3/4 cup Water
2 1/4 cups 2% Milk
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Eggs, separated
1/2 cup Sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

Royal Frosting
find recipe here




Beat together the shortening, sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Scrape the bowl, and then add the molasses, egg and vinegar and combine the ingredients. Start adding the flour, a little at a time, until combined. Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic. Chill in refrigerator for 3 hours.
Using a mini cupcake pan, roll the dough into small balls and place in pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes. Stick a toothpick into the balls to check to see if they are done.
Immediately use an object with a rounded end, and insert into the balls creating an edge and an indentation in the ball. If the gingerbread is not cooked enough, place back in oven for 2-3 minutes, and after taking them from the oven, once again use the round ended object to indent again. Let cool, then place in a container to keep fresh.
Soak the tapioca pearls in a pan with the water for 30 minutes. After that add the milk, salt, and a 1/4 cup of the sugar. Lightly beat the egg yolks, and add them also. Stir over medium heat until boiling. Then turn to very low and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes. Stir often. 
Beat the remaining egg whites and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until soft peaks appear. Temper the whites by softly adding 3/4 cup of the hot tapioca to the whites, stir once, and then add back into the saucepan. Stir over low heat for about 3 minutes. Cool 15 minutes then add vanilla. Cool completely.
Prepare royal icing. Cut recipe in half. Find recipe here. Pipe royal icing around the top of the cookie cup.
Place cookie cup face down into a small bowl of decor.
Twist or push down to get sprinkles to hold.
 Fill with cooled tapioca pudding. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Thank you for dropping by today! 



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Gingerbread Cookie Cups w/ Tapioca Pudding

ingredients:

Gingerbread Cups
  • 1/2 cup Shortening
    1/2 cup Sugar
    1 teaspoon Baking Powder
    1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
    1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
    1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
    1/2 cup Molasses
    1 Egg
    1 tablespoon Vinegar
    2 1/2 cups Flour
Tapioca Pudding
  • 1/3 cup small pearl Tapioca
    3/4 cup Water
    2 1/4 cups 2% Milk
    1/4 teaspoon Salt
    2 Eggs, separated
    1/2 cup Sugar, divided
    1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
Royal Icing
  • 6 Ounces Warm Water 
    5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
    1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
    2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar

instructions:


  1. Beat together the shortening, sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Scrape the bowl, and then add the molasses, egg and vinegar and combine the ingredients. Start adding the flour, a little at a time, until combined. Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic. Chill in refrigerator for 3 hours.
  2. Using a mini cupcake pan, roll the dough into small balls and place in pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes. Stick a toothpick into the balls to check to see if they are done.
  3. Immediately use an object with a rounded end, and insert into the balls creating an edge and an indentation in the ball. If the gingerbread is not cooked enough, place back in oven for 2-3 minutes, and after taking them from the oven, once again use the round ended object to indent again. Let cool, then place in a container to keep fresh.
  4. Soak the tapioca pearls in a pan with the water for 30 minutes. After that add the milk, salt, and a 1/4 cup of the sugar. Lightly beat the egg yolks, and add them also. Stir over medium heat until boiling. Then turn to very low and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes. Stir often.
  5. Beat the remaining egg whites and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until soft peaks appear. Temper the whites by softly adding 3/4 cup of the hot tapioca to the whites, stir once, and then add back into the saucepan. Stir over low heat for about 3 minutes. Cool 15 minutes then add vanilla. Cool completely.
  6. Prepare royal icing. Cut recipe in half. Find recipe here. Pipe royal icing around the top of the cookie cup.
  7. Place cookie cup face down into a small bowl of decor.
  8. Twist or push down to get sprinkles to hold.
  9.  Fill with cooled tapioca pudding. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gingerbread Trifle with Egg Nog Mousse and Cranberry Coulis

Today is the reveal for the December Improv Challenge! Our ingredients this month~Egg Nog and Cranberry. I came up with a recipe called Gingerbread Trifle with Egg Nog Mousse and Cranberry Coulis!. It is very yummy! But, of course, I do love everything in the recipe! I hope you do to!
Gingerbread Trifle with 
 Egg Nog Mousse and Cranberry Coulis!
Let's make the gingerbread first!
(Gingerbread recipe adapted from The All American Dessert Book) 
2 2/3 cup Flour
1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
Pinch Salt
2/3 cup Butter, softened
1 cup packed Light Brown Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 3/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon Ground Allspice
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 large Egg
2/3 cup Molasses
2/3 cup Buttermilk
 Spray a 9" X 13" baking pan with pan spray.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a separate bowl, mix together your flour, baking powder,
baking soda, and salt.
In your mixing bowl, add your butter,
brown sugar,
and spices. Beat on medium speed until fluffy.
 Add the molasses and egg.
Put the mixer on low speed,
and add half of the flour mix.
Beat in the buttermilk, and then the rest of the flour.
Mix well.
Pour cake mix into pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Check with a toothpick. 
Remove from oven and cool.
Set aside.
 Now let's make the coulis!
12 oz Cranberries
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
Rinse cranberries.
Mix together the sugar and water.
Bring the mixture to a boil.
Boil for 5 minutes.
Add cranberries and let cook for 5 minutes.
Cranberries will pop and juice will release.
Drain through a sieve and set juice aside.
Let's make the Egg Nog Mousse!
1 cup Egg Nog
1/2 cup Milk
1 cup Whipping Cream
4 oz Vanilla Pudding Mix
Sprinkle Nutmeg
Whisk the egg nog, milk, and vanilla pudding in a bowl.
Sprinkle with nutmeg. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Make your whipped cream.
Pour the whipping cream into a mixing bowl.
It is not necessary to add sugar.
Whip on high until medium stiff peaks form.
Take the pudding mix out of the refrigerator.
Add half of the whipped cream to the mix and fold in.
Let's put it all together!
Cut small pieces of the gingerbread.
I made small, individual trifles.
Place 4 pieces of gingerbread on the bottom 
of the trifle dish.
Top with a scoop of egg nog  mousse.
Place another layer of gingerbread on top.
Top with more egg nog mousse.
Top with a drop of whipped cream on the top.
Drizzle the cranberry coulis over the top of the mousse.
Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

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