Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies

Gingerbread Skeleton CookiesGingerbread Skeleton Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C. softened butter
  • 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C. molasses
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 C. sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Add creamed mixture and mix until smooth. Cover the bowl and chill for at least two hours.

Preheat the oven to 350° F. On a floured workspace, roll out the dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with cookie cutters.

Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until cookies are firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Cool completely before decorating.

Royal Icing

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 Tbsp. meringue powder, sifted
  • 6 C. powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond extract, optional
  • Water
  • Food coloring

Directions:

  1. Whisk meringue powder and powdered sugar together in a bowl. Stir in extract (if using).
  2. With a kitchen faucet turned on very low, slowly add water while stirring until icing reaches the desired consistency.

To test consistency:

  • Drizzle some icing with your spatula into the bowl of icing
  • The drizzles should “melt” back into the icing in 5-10 seconds
  • Less than 5 seconds – it’s too thin; add sifted powdered sugar 1 Tbsp. at a time until correct consistency
  • More than 10 seconds – it’s too thick; add water until correct consistency

Adding Color:

Lastly, stir in food coloring, if using a brown base on the cookies (recommended). For dark pigments, you may want to make the icing a day in advance for a brighter color. Stir day-old icing vigorously to re-incorporate.

Decorating Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies:

  1. Use an offset spatula and spread brown base of icing over cookie then let the icing fully dry.
  2. Use a #3 tip and pipe white icing to form outlines of skull and bones shape. Fill the outlines and use a toothpick to spread the icing evenly in your shapes.
  3. Use a #2 tip and pipe white icing dots for teeth and toes.