'Tis the season...for gingerbread! The Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf decided to make some gingerbread cookies for his Secret Santa buddy. Since his buddy loves Star Wars as much as we do, he wanted to use his Chewbacca cutter instead of a traditional gingerbread man shape. Too cute.
- 1¼ C organic dark brown sugar
- ¼ C butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ C milk (I used whole milk)
- 1½ t baking soda
- 1½ t ground cinnamon
- 1 t ground ginger
- ½ t ground cardamom
- ¾ C unsulphured molasses
- ¼ C ginger syrup*
- 6 C flour
- ¼ C crystallized ginger (thinly sliced)*
- unsweetened cocoa powder, for rolling
Beat brown sugar and butter together in a large bowl until well-combined. Add egg and milk. Beat again until smooth. Add baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, molasses, ginger syrup, and crystalized ginger. Beat again.
Stir in 4 C of flour. Gradually add remaining flour, using a wooden spoon. Once the dough starts to become stiff , quickly knead in the flour. It should come together into a ball.
Roll the dough out, using cocoa powder instead of flour, to approximately ¼" thickness. Use cookie cutters to shape your dough.
Place on prepared baking sheet. Re-roll dough and repeat until your dough is gone.
Place in preheated oven and bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes - until cookies just start to turn golden around the edges and are slightly raised.
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