Picture a Day #346 – Gingerbread Bears

One of our favorite family recipes for Christmas is Gingerbread Cookies. Sometimes I make larger Gingerbread Men, but this year I made smaller Gingerbread Bears. I added the zest of an orange for a little something extra.

Gingerbread Bears

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.

gingerbread cookies 1

Heat 1 cup molasses to the boiling point, then add 1/2 cup sugar, 6 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons milk, and the grated zest  of one large orange.

gingerbread cookies 2

Mix together 4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1 teaspoon powdered ginger.

gingerbread cookies 3

Add to the first mixture and blend. Add 2-3 tablespoons water or orange juice, enough to hold the dough together.

gingerbread cookies 4

Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick, dusting with flour as needed. Cut into shape with cookie cutters.

gingerbread cookies 5

Bake 5-7 minutes, depending on size. Cool and decorate as desired.

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About Joan Marie Naszady

I am a learner, a teacher, and a naturalist who enjoys being creative!
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