Gingerbread is a popular Christmas treat all over the world.Many English villages had a tradition of young women eating gingerbread men, or "husbands," to ensure that they would soon be married.
It is said that Queen Victoria, husband Prince Albert, brought gingerbread cookies in vogue when they included it in with the other German Christmas traditions they adopted, like the Christmas tree and the Yule log, in the mid-nineteenth century. It was at this time that gingerbread cookies became associated primarily with Christmas.
As for gingerbread houses, they became popular after the Brothers Grimm published Hansel and Gretel
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
½ c.butter, softened
½ c. dark brown sugar
½ c. molasses
3 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. nutmeg
1/3 c. water
Cream butter and brown sugar thoroughly with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses,egg, and water.
Blend together dry ingredients. Alternately add blended dry ingredients and water to the
butter-sugar creamed mixture.Refrigerate for 30 minutes .
Lightly grease bottom of cookie sheet with vegetable oil. Take half of the
dough and roll out on pan to ¼ inch thickness, dusting lightly with flour as needed.
Press cookie cutters into dough, about 1/4" apart. Using table knife remove dough
between cookies. Re~roll scraps.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove cookies to
cooling rack.Decorate as desired.
Yeilds about 2 dozen cookies depending on the size of your cookie cutters.
How adorable....a ginger cookie in the form of funny man, which is traditionally made at Christmas. Such a wonderful biscuit in a Wisconsin winter wonderland!
|While the cookies are still warm, make a small hole in the top for a satin ribbon, which lets you use the cookie an ornament or gift.|
|THEY HANG SO CUTE ON MY CUP|