TIS’ THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY! Bring on the festive spirit this holiday season with gingerbread cookies! On this episode of Plate It Perfect®, Callie shows you how to make the most pristine, picture perfect gingerbread cookies to share with your family and friends!
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• ½ cup maple syrup
• 1 cup light brown sugar
• 14 tablespoons (1 stick + 6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
• 4 teaspoons ground ginger
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
• ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 lightly beaten large free-range egg
Royal Icing Recipe:
• 3 tablespoons meringue powder
• 4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners’ sugar
• 6 tablespoons warm water
1. Pour the maple syrup into a large saucepan with the sugar,
butter, zest, and spices and melt over low/medium heat, stirring
frequently until the sugar has dissolved.
2. Increase the heat to bring the mixture to boiling point. Remove
from the heat and beat in the baking soda. The mixture will froth
up at this point as the baking soda reacts—mix briefly until
combined, then let cool for 15 minutes.
3. Sift the flour and salt, then fold into the mixture in batches, using
a stand mixer. Beat in the egg using a stand mixer, until just
combined. Do not overwork the mixture, or the cookies will
spread during baking.
4. The dough will be very sticky to begin with, but do not add any
flour. Scrape out of the bowl onto a clean surface and knead
together until just smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the
fridge for 1 hour. Makes 2 1/4 pounds of dough.
5. Before rolling out dough, let it come to room temperature for 20
minutes. If it is too crumbly, add a few tablespoons of honey to
the dough in a stand mixer to smooth it back out.
• Keep cookie dough cold so it doesn’t spread & lose shape in the
• For crumbly dough, work it through to get it slightly warm for
• Use a silicone rolling pin for rolling dough
• Be gentle when placing the cookie cutter on the dough
• Use a cooking brush to wipe off the excess flour
• Keep your surface floured to prevent the dough from sticking
• Put candies on icing before it sets