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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
These glazed gingerbread cookies are easy to make and stay soft for days! They have deep gingerbread cookie flavor and the glaze is perfect for decorating!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$7
Servings: 25 -26 cookies

Ingredients

  • For the Gingerbread Cookies:
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 /2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour **

For the Vanilla Glaze:

Decor/Toppings:

  • Food coloring gels as desired.
  • Crystal Sprinkles or any sprinkles really

Instructions

How to Make Gingerbread Cookies:

  1. In a stand mixer, whisk 1 egg yolk and 1 cup brown sugar until blended then whisk in 1 cup sour cream.
  2. Put 1/2 tsp baking soda in a large spoon ramekin and stir in 1/2 tsp white vinegar. It will foam, then pour into the mixing bowl and stir into batter.
  3. Add 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp ginger, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, and whisk until well blended. Now using paddle attachment, add flour 1/2 cup at a time letting it incorporate before adding more. Dough will be very sticky.
  4. Scoop a rounded teaspoon of dough into well-floured hands and roll into 1” balls. Space balls evenly on a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350˚F for 20- 25 minutes (I baked for 22 min) or until barely golden. Remove immediately.

How to Make the Glaze (do this while cookies are baking):

  1. In the bowl of a mixer, beat egg whites on high speed with whisk attachment until foamy and tripled in volume (2-3 min). Reduce speed to low and add 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla, mixing until well blended, scraping down the bowl as needed. Increase speed to medium and beat another 2 minutes or until creamy and smooth (do not over-beat).

How to Glaze and Decorate:

  1. Once cookies are out of the oven and still warm, dip each one in the vanilla glaze, coating only the top of the cookie then set on a wire rack and let rest until glaze is dry. If you want to use crystal sugar or sprinkles, apply right after the glaze so the sprinkles stick to cookies.
  2. If using color, divide remaining glaze between ramekins and add desired colors. I used green, red and blue. Transfer colored glaze to individual ziploc bags and snip off the very tip of the bag. Once the glaze on the cookies is set, pipe on desired designs.

Recipe Notes

**To measure flour: stir to fluff it up, spoon into dry ingredients measuring cup and scrape off excess flour on top for a level, even measurement.