Funny Christmas Cookies for the whole family – melted snowmen on a gingerbread cookie. Easy and fun to make!
For the dough
- 3/4 cup (170g) butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 oz. (30g) molasses
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 3 cups (400g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. salt
For the icing
- 2 1/2 cups (300g) confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2–4 tbsp. milk
- food color (red, green, black)
- Pens with food color (optional)
- about 20 marshmallows
- Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and mix until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix until well combined. Add the molasses and honey and mix in. Mix the flour with baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt in a second bowl. Add to the bowl in 2-3 batches and mix in. When the dough starts coming together, use your hands to knead the dough until you get a nice, smooth dough. Form a ball, flatten and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for about 3 hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and set aside. Roll out half of the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of about 0.12 inches (3mm). Use a round cookie cutter or a glass and cut out large cookies, place on the baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes. Take out of the oven, transfer to a wire rack and let cool down. Repeat with remaining dough until all is gone.
- Mix the confectioners’ sugar with the vanilla extract, gradually add the milk until the icing has a thick but not too runny consistency. Take about 1-2 teaspoons of the frosting for each food color and mix. Fill into small piping bags.
- Add some of the white icing on a cookie to create a “puddle”. Cut the marshmallows in half and place half a marshmallow on the cookie (a bit to the side and not in the center). Use the colored icing to decorate the cookies with scarfs, gloves, buttons etc. You can also make faces with the icing on the marshmallows, but depending on the consistency of the icing the color might bleed out into the marshmallows after some time. You can use pens with food color instead.
- Enjoy baking!