November 22, 2013

Heirloom Gingerbread Cookies & A Black's Bakeware Giveaway

"No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded 
by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers." 

One of the things I love most about the holidays is the food. Now that I have little ones around, it means I get to play Santa. I'll be sure to stress how extremely important it is to leave cookies and milk for him. I'll specify, too, exactly the kinds of cookies he prefers.

Recently, I was contacted by Black's Bakeware for a product review, and thought it would be a perfect occasion to share a good recipe just in time for Christmas baking. And nothing, my friends, is more Christmas-y than gingerbread.


Thanks to Kate for sending this heirloom gingerbread recipe with me. Remember how we discussed my adoration of all things ginger? It's still going strong, so I couldn't wait to bake these cookies. They were wonderful!

Gingerbread Boys (in my case, squares)
(makes 4-5 dozen)

Ingredients:

1 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup mild molasses
2 tablespoons vinegar
5 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:
Cream margarine and sugar. Add egg, molasses, and vinegar. Beat well. Sift together remaining ingredients and stir into molasses mixture. Cover and chill in refrigerator for about 3 hours (for those of you who tend to have sticky dough, this part is the most important!). Roll out dough to 1/2" thickness on floured surface. Cut with floured cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake a 375 for 5-6 minutes or until slightly brown at edges. Cool on pan one minute, then remove to rack to cool. Use an icing of powdered sugar and milk to decorate. (I used powdered sugar and orange juice. Can also use Red Hot candies, sprinkles, etc. for decoration - just add them before baking.)


I really liked this cookie sheet. It's very thin, which is great for storage in my tiny apartment kitchen. It was easier to clean than some others I've used, and washes in the dishwasher just fine. I also love the fact that Charlie Black, the inventor, is an Army veteran- you can read more about him on the website. I've used the sheet for several other things too- homemade steak fries, bread sticks, chicken fingers, etc.- and they all baked perfectly on it.


I asked Black's if they would send me an additional cookie sheet for a giveaway, and they graciously agreed. I'm excited to be able to share one with a lucky winner. So enter below for your chance to win!


28 kind comments from you:

Jen said...

I don't even like gingerbread but this sounds delicious!

Little Misses Kate said...

I'm so glad you're enjoying our cookies! These have been a part of my holidays forever, and my dad remembers them as a child too. :)

Jamie said...

Chocolate chip!

Abby Hollinhead said...

Oh man! I don't know what I would choose! My husband LOVES gingerbread, so maybe some of these, but I know Santa LOVES peanut butter chocolate chip ;)

Jennifer King said...

So I totally just ate two little debbie gingerbread cookies for breakfast. And now, with this certifiable yummy recipe, Little Debbie will be no more. nom nom nom...

Mrs. K said...

Christmas cookies of all sorts...but specifically my mom's special thumbprint cookie recipe

Debbie Jackson said...

i would make some gingersnaps and some chewy molasses cookies

Kara said...

Can I just say that I love this cookie sheet? I made a new cookie recipe on it and they came out perfect! The first perfect batch of cookies I've ever made. I don't know if it was the cookie sheet or dumb luck, but I'm going with the cookie sheet.

Sarah said...

Snickerdoodles!

Allison said...

I want to try the gingerbread you made. Also I will bake my funfetti cookies!

Nicki Joseph said...

Christmas sugar cookies!

denisekonkel said...

The gingerbread you made looks amazing. I would try that :-)

amy pike said...

Love gingerbread!!!

Chantal said...

Yum! Those cookies look good! I'd make some snicker doodles ;)

Karen said...

Shortbread cookies. I love whipped shortbread cookies - they are melt in your mouth delicious. Although, those gingerbread cookies look quite delicious as well... I'd probably make them too. Then sugar cookies, then M&M cookies, then snickerdoodles, then Gold Cookies, I'd be a baking machine.

Jenn said...

I would make double chocolate chip cookies. :)

Michelle said...

Mmmm those look SO good. I want to make some.

Jennifer said...

My favorite cookies are either chocolate chip or linzer cookies with blackberry jam in the middle.

blm said...

i would make SO many batches of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. ;)

Sue // As It Seems said...

Chocolate chip always!

Poe Kitten said...

I'd have my husband make chocolate chip cookies:)

Allie said...

Yum!! I'd totally use it for chocolate chip cookies and m&m hug pretzels!

Stacey B said...

Where to begin ... Toll House Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodles, Candy Cane kisses ...

Kaylee said...

Well, I might just have to bake these gingerbread ones first…and then maybe some sugar cookie cutouts, or chocolate chip or mint chocolate crinkle?! So many choices!!!

kenny hall said...

Classic chocolate chip cookies :-)

Gianna said...

Sugar Cookies first!

Lindsey W said...

White Chocolate Macadamia nut cookies

Mel said...

Those look yummy!

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