No holiday cookie platter is complete without gingerbread cookies. I love them because they’re simple, delicious and fun to
make. But not every gingerbread cookie is created equal. Of course you want to offer your friends and family the best
possible cookie. So here are a few tips to help you create the perfect gingerbread cookies:
1) Lighten Them Up
—It’s easy to make gingerbread cookies healthier thanks to the bold flavor
they get from molasses and spices. Cinnamon, ginger and cloves can easily mask the flavor of whole wheat flour (which we use
plenty of in our cookie recipes without a noticeable change in the result). And the rich flavor of molasses makes it easier
to cut back on butter—a source of saturated fat. Since you do need some fat in cookies, we replace the butter with a little
canola oil, which is mild in flavor and lower in saturated fat.
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2) Let the Dough Chill—Chill your dough for at least 2 hours before rolling it out. It makes
is less likely to stick to the rolling pin or your countertop.
3) Don’t Overwork Your Dough
—Gingerbread cookies should be firm, but they should be tender,
not tough. Toughness is caused by the dough being worked too much—either by overmixing or rerolling too many times. Our
recipe has some built-in protection against toughness in the form of white vinegar. The acid from the vinegar tenderizes the
dough without imparting an off-taste
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4) Map Out Your Cookie Cuts—Making gingerbread cookies is like a puzzle. Once you’ve rolled
your dough out, take some time to figure out where to place your cookie cutters to optimize space. Place your cutters close
together and use smaller cookie cutters for the edges or other small spaces. This will help cut back on extra dough. Sure,
you can roll out the scraps, but the more you roll your dough, the less tender it will be.
5) Keep Your Cookies Fresh
—Cookies are best when they’re not much more than a day or two old.
Be sure to store them in an airtight container to keep them from drying out. If you love fresh-baked cookies, bake only a few
at a time, and freeze the rest of the dough to be used later. Our dough can be frozen for up to a month.
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