Gingerbread Christmas Stockings

Gingerbread Christmas Stockings
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This mild-flavored gingerbread cookie appeals to all ages and is a perfect choice for a family holiday afternoon of cookie decorating.
1:40
Prep Time
4:05
Total Time
36 cookies

Ingredients

Cookie

1 1/2 cups
sugar
1 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1
large Land O Lakes® Egg
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
ground cloves

Frosting

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

Directions

  1. Combine sugar and 1 cup butter in 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Heat oven to 375°F.
  4. 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.
  5. Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and vanilla in another 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 Tips

- 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
Cholesterol
25mg
Carbohydrates
27g
Protein
1g
Fat
7g
Sodium
160mg
Dietary Fiber
0g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

I have been making these cookies for more than 10 years. Hands down best gingerbread cookie recipe!

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