Category Archives: Christmas

Santa Gingerbread Cookies

It was six years ago that I debuted these Santa Gingerbread Cookies on this blog.  You can find it at Santa Baby and here is the picture from back then.  These cookies have evolved slightly with the holly on the hat.

To make the hats, I used the below picture to make the template

Star Gingerbread Cookies

Star Gingerbread Cookies
What a beautiful and easy way to make holiday cookies.

Made with Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

White Chocolate Sugar Cookies (Vegan and Non-Vegan)

White Chocolate Sugar Cookies

You may have been wondering why so many of my decorated cookies are made using gingerbread rather than rolled sugar cookie dough.  That’s because I’m not a super big fan of rolled sugar cookies.  However, this recipe uses white chocolate which makes a world of difference.  The downside is that the cost of adding good quality white chocolate is a little more costly.  But in the end, it’s worth the extra expense.

In the video, I made this vegan but the ingredient list below, has both vegan and non-vegan.

For the cookies:

2 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (all-purpose flour may also be used)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, softened (For non-vegan: unsalted butter)
1/3 cup organic sugar
3 teaspoons Energ-G Egg Replacer whisked with 2 tablespoons warm water (For non-vegan: 1 egg)
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 oz white chocolate.  For best results, use the highest quality you can find and afford.

Vegan Royal Icing Recipe

4 1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
6 Tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon extract (vanilla, almond, lemon, etc.  I use a combination of 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond)
4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted

Whisk together the Ener-G and warm water.  In a mixing bowl, combine Ener-G, confectioner’s sugar and extracts and beat well with the paddle attachment on medium high until smooth.

This icing may be colored using vegan gel paste colors.

Nike Gingerbread Man Cookies

Nike Gingerbread Man Cookies
A nice twist to your traditional gingerbread man cookies.  Perfect for someone who is athletic, works in the fitness industry, or just loves working out.

You can find my Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe here
Learn how I make templates here

 

Gingerbread Chocolate Bark

I thought up this idea of gingerbread bark when I saw the “party bark” sold at Costco last month.  Since gingerbread is fitting with the holiday season, why not put it in bark?  To make this bark you will need gingerbread cookies and I, of course, recommend my Gingerbread Cookie recipe:

You will also need chocolate.  In the video, I used a combination of semi-sweet chocolate and bittersweet chocolate.  You can use milk chocolate or even white chocolate if you wish.

For an 8 inch by 8 inch pan, I used 10 ounces of chocolate.  If you use a larger pan, use enough chocolate to coat the bottom of the pan about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch thick.  If the chocolate layer is too thin, it will crumble.  If it’s too thick, you’ll never be able to break it apart.  And that’s no fun.

You can use “melting chocolate” also known as candy melts if you really, really want to but first watch my video on why I don’t use them.

 

 

Vegan But Sinful “Eggnog”

Eggnog without the eggs.  It’s delicious and sweetened only with maple syrup.  No processed sugars or unhealthy ingredients but still sinful.

To make this recipe you will need:

2 cups of vanilla flavored almond, soy, or cashew milk. (If you don’t have vanilla flavored on hand, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the milk)
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 to 1/3 cup Brandy (optional)
2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup

Makes 4 servings

Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

If you haven’t started your Holiday baking yet or are looking for a recipe for very good gingerbread cookies, look no further.  This is a variation from a Martha Stewart recipe I found many years ago.  It’s not clean eating but it’s worth cheating for.

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup dark-brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup honey plus and 1/2 cup black strap molasses (you could use all honey or all molasses)
6  cups all-purpose flour

Follow directions in above video

 

 

One Dimensional Gingerbread Houses

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Who says time and patience are needed to make large fancy gingerbread houses. These one dimensional gingerbread houses are approximately 5.5 inches in height and 5 inches wide at its largest point.  Decorated entirely with royal icing and Skittles.  They are now available at my Etsy store.

 

Elf on the Shelf Gingerbread Cookies

 

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Now available at my Etsy store Elf on the Shelf Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments

Toy Soldier Gingerbread Cookies and Elf Gingerbread Cottage

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The holidays are coming up and I wanted to get an early start.  These gingerbread cookies are now available at Toy Soldier Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments.

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Also available are my Elf Gingerbread Cottages

Just a reminder, any orders placed before November 23rd will be shipped by December 1st.