Gingerbread Christmas Stockings

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.

1:40prep time 4:05total time
36 cookies
0 Ratings

Ingredients

Cookie

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
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

Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Red and green paste or gel food color
Decorations, as desired

Directions

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.

Recipe Tip

- 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.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 170

Fat: 7g

Cholesterol: 25mg

Sodium: 160mg

Carbohydrates: 27g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #14396©2009Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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