Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How to bake Gbread Cookies:)

Since our Gingerbread mix has arrived, I couldn't wait to try them out.
I set today as the official day to bake them as I always make yummy special treats for friends and family for Christmas. Time is limited for me since I didn't have much time to think of something original this year as I was preparing for my wedding.
So an Easy Box of Gbread cookie mix seemed like the perfect choice this year. Before happily decorating and giving them away to friends and family, I had to do a taste-bake test. I'm Over the Moon excited to annonce that this Gingerbread cookie mix is SENSATIONAL, OUT OF THIS WORLD, UHMAZING. Now when have I ever used the word sensational????Annnnd
smells and tastes Grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!.
So lets get started!!!You'll need:
1 box of Gbread cookie mix, 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening, Electric Mixer, Spatula to mix, rolling pin, Cookie Sheet.
Preheat your oven to : 400 Fahrenheit or 204 Celsius

Measure 1/2 cups of Shortening and spoon into mixing bowl

If you don't have a Kitchen Aid

#1: Put that on your Santa's request list:)

#2: You can use any standard mixer. If you don't have the below paddle use the whisk paddles which will probably be your only choice. You just have to work the mix more with your spatula and it may take you a bit longer to get the dough out of the whisk. But, its doable

The instructions on the box says to use the hook tool, but I found that it works just as well with the beater paddle.

Cream your shortening like so.

Open up mix #1 & Measure 1/2 cups water

Take your 1/2 cups water and Ingredient mix #1 and pour it into the shortening.
Tip: Put each ingredient alternatively. This helps the dry and wet ingredient mix better.
You will pour a bit of water, then a bit of mix. If you run out of water, not to worry just pour in the rest of the dry ingredient. This recipe box is full proof so not to worry, your gingerbread cookies will be deeeelish!

It will look a bit unpleasant at first, Scape up the mix on bottom of bowl with spatula, give it a few more spins and it will suddenly transform into heavenly gingerbread goodness.

Pour in the ingredients from Bag #2

Tip: if you don't want to end up looking like snowman, pour in your mix slowly and not the entire bag at one go.

Mix for another 2 more minutes and you will see your mix slowly transform into dough consistency.At this point, you start to really smell gingerbread all over your kitchen:)

Done! I told you its easy

Don't forget to scrap out all your dough from the bottom of your bowl.

Roll your gingerbread dough into a nice squishy ball:)

Place your gingerbread dough on your rolling surface.
You can slightly flour your surface to avoid sticking or roll on top of a parchment paper

You will roll the dough into appx 1/8"thick

Grab your cutters and get ready to cut out your gingerbread boys/girls

I couldn't resist this pack of Gingerbread Family Cutters. Aren't they cute:)

Gently press your cookie cutter into the dough

Peel off the dough around each shape and lift each cut out shape with a spatula and transfer it on a cookie sheet

We bake our cookies with parchment paper on our cookie sheet pan. You can bake it however you usually like to bake your cookies. If you're use to baking without parchment paper and directly on pan or with a silicone mat, your cookies will come out just the same as ours.

Yay! Happy Family

Bake in your oven for 10-15 minutes or edges of cookies are golden brown.

if you plan on decorating these cuties, wait till they are fully cooled before dolling them up.

or you can just dive in and gobble them up nice and warm:)

Happy Baking!
p.s: I promise I'll be sharing my wedding cake soon:)