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Gingerbread class

  1. 1. GINGERBREAD COOKIES 1 December 2012 Wilmette Public Library
  2. 2. ABOUT GINGERBREAD Similar to a ordinary rolled cookie but brown sugar and molasses are used instead of white sugar. First brought to Europe in around 700CE by an Armenian monk who popularized it among Catholic priests and nuns. By the 1700’s it had become popularized in the Netherlands and was taken up also by the British Isles.
  3. 3. ABOUT GINGERBREAD II Rather than cookies or houses, gingerbread was originally made mostly in heart shaped (heavy) cakes, painted and placed in windows. Over time, European and then American bakers popularized them as cookies – and especially close to Christmas, as tree ornaments. Gingerbread houses were first popularized in Germany (as they already used a firmer dough with more flour) and then Britain.
  4. 4. DOUGH INGRDIENTS ½ cup butter 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 1/3 cup molasses 2 ¾ cups AP Flour 1 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger ½ tsp nutmeg
  5. 5. Making the Dough Preheat oven to 375F. Cream the (soft, not melted) butter. Add brown sugar and cream. Scrape down. Mix in egg. Scrape down. Whisk dry ingredients in separate bowl. Switch to dough hook and add to wet ingredients. Scraping down as needed. Bake 6-8 minutes.
  6. 6. The Icing - Buttercream 1/3 cup softened butter 2 cups powdered sugar 1 Tbsp Milk 1 tsp. good vanilla To make:  Cream the butter. Add half the sugar. Whip. Scrape down bowl.  Add milk. Whip. Scrape down bowl.  Add vanilla. Scrape down bowl. Proceed.
  7. 7. The Icing - Royal 2 large egg whites 2 ¾ cups powdered sugar To make:  Whip egg whites and half of sugar until combined. Scrape down.  Add rest of sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form.  This can take several minutes. Don’t fret.
  8. 8. Gingerbread Houses See handout Extra-advice:  www.crumblekitchen.blogspot.com
  9. 9. How to Decorate Cookies Best place for ideas: GOOGLE  Google gingerbread cookies and hit “Images” There’s no wrong way to decorate these  Use your imagination

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