Gingerbread Christmas Stockings
This mild-flavored gingerbread cookie appeals to all ages and is a perfect choice for a family holiday afternoon of cookie decorating.
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons mild flavor molasses
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated orange or lemon zest
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Red and green paste or gel food color
Decorations, as desired
Combine sugar and 1 cup butter in large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, molasses and orange zest; beat until well mixed. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Divide dough into thirds. Shape each third into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight or until firm.
Heat oven to 375°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 4- to 5-inch stocking-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set and edges just begin to turn lightly browned. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and vanilla in medium bowl; beat at low speed, adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Divide frosting into 2 small bowls; tint 1 green and 1 red. Decorate cookies as desired.
- Use marshmallows, licorice pieces, miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces and decorator candies to create these holiday stockings.
- Cut dough into your favorite holiday shapes such as gingerbread boys and girls, trees, snowmen and stars.