This is one of our favorite recipes to make with kids. Sometimes we let them help make the dough (the honey in the dough makes it super easy to work with), while other times we streamline the process by making and baking off a giant batch of cookie dough and enlisting the kids at the backend for decorating detail. Whether you’re baking gingerbread people or a gingerbread house, everyone can get into the fun with sprinkles, shoestring licorice, different colored icings, nonpareils, and other edible decorations.
The Cooking With Friends Kitchen
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup light molasses
6 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cloves
Cookie cutters (such as gingerbread people, snowflakes, etc.)
Decorating candies and supplies
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Whisk the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl using a hand mixer or a standing mixer. Add the eggs, honey and molasses and beat well, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix in the dry ingredients in two additions until no dry patches remain and the dough forms.
Turn the dough out onto a generously floured work surface. Divide it in half and, using a floured rolling pin, roll it into a 1/4-inch thick sheet. Use cookie cutters to cut out the desired shapes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets and bake until golden but not too brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before decorating.
Makes 2 dozen cookies