If you know me or have been following me on social media for some time, you know that gingerbread cookies are my absolute favorite. I love them so much so that I have a lil gingerbread tattooed on my left hand. So without further ado, let’s bake some of the BEST gingerbread cookies together.
What Makes Gingerbread Cookies Hard Or Soft?
There are a few contributing factors to the overall texture of Gingerbread Cookies that result in hard or soft cookies. The thickness that you roll your cookies out to will play a large roll in the texture of our cookies. In this recipe we roll the cookies out to 1/4″ thickness. These are thicker cookies and as a result they are softer in texture. Thin cookies bake faster and have a crispier texture.
The fat content in the cookies also play a role in the texture of our cookies. You can thank the butter in this recipe for giving our cookies a soft, slightly chewy delicious texture.
Lastly, the molasses in this recipe helps give our cookies enough moisture to keep them soft and fluffy in the inside while the bottom has the slightest crisp bottom.
How To Make Gingerbread Cookies
The key to the perfect Gingerbread Cookie dough is in the mixing. It’s important to be using room temperature ingredients to make it easier for all of the ingredients to combine together evenly. It’s also important not to over mix the cookie dough. Over mixing the dough can lead to a tough textured cookie that doesn’t hold its shape as well. Mix on low speed each time while slowly scraping down the sides of the bowl mixing just until everything is combined.
How To Decorate Gingerbread Cookies
Royal icing is a very forgiving icing in that its smoothness and texture allows for the decorating process to be simple, easy, and so much fun. I love to go with the simple classic Gingerbread Cookie designs but you can always spruce up your cookies by adding food dye to your icing, add festive sprinkles, and so much more! Always let your creativity run free in the kitchen and especially with the festive and delicious Gingerbread Cookies that we all know and love.
All in all, these Gingerbread Cookies make for the perfect Holiday treat so whether you’re attending a cookie swap party, hosting a Christmas party with close friends and family, looking for the perfect addition to a festive Holiday goodie bag, or just looking for a tasty recipe to enjoy this season, HERE IT IS! I am so excited to share this with you all and wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday season.