Google+ That Flour Child: Gingerbread Trees

December 28, 2013

Gingerbread Trees

If you're like me and never really liked gingerbread growing up you need to give these cookies a try.  I know I used to associated gingerbread with the rock hard store bought houses you would build as a kid, but these are soft and chewy and delicious.

My roommate shared this recipe with us in second year and it's a tradition to make them every year now.  Seriously, everyone who says they do not like gingerbread ends up like these.

Here's what you'll need:
Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molases 
  • 1 egg
Dry Ingredients
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
Basically you want to mix up the dry ingredients in one bowl, and cream the wet ingredients together in another.  Then stir the two together to make a really stiff dough and let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

You want to roll out the dough to be pretty thick (like 1/2 inch)  and cut out your shapes.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.  Just until they turn a bit darker around the edges, just until they are set so that they will stay soft.

Then I wanted to make some buttercream icing to ice the cookies in that pretty design.  I followed a recipe on YouTube.

  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • optional: green food dye

I used a Wilton star tip #18 to pipe shells to look like needles on the tree.

Be warned, this recipe makes a TON of gingerbread (this picture probably shows less than half of the trees I made) so I have been taking a plate everywhere I go.

Do you guys like gingerbread?
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  1. Yum! These look so delicious!! And pretty, I love the icing pattern!

    1. Thanks so much! Hope you're having a good holiday.