Drizzle + Paint Gingerbread Cookies

gingerbread cookies with kidsMmmm, gingerbread cookies. After making our salt dough ornaments (and having one of our friends try to eat one…yikes!), we thought it was high time to make real, edible cookies. My mother-in-law’s gingerbread recipe is truly the best one I’ve tried, but when I discovered that the Gingerbread Cake and Baking Mix from Trader Joe’s could be adapted to make cookies, and all I had to do was add an egg + butter, I was sold.

gingerbread cookies with kidsWe rolled out the dough, selected our favorite cutters, and cut our shapes. If you’ve never made gingerbread cookies, give yourself an hour to chill your dough before you plan to work with it. Even with refrigeration, the dough is pretty sticky and required a fair amount of flour to keep it flexible and off the counter.

gingerbread cookies with kidsI filled a piping bag with royal icing (dry hard icing). My MIL uses more of a buttercream frosting, which is delicious, but I thought we’d have some fun “painting” with the royal icing. Most of the royal icing recipes you’ll find ask you to make it with raw egg whites, but I wasn’t comfortable with that, especially since I’m feeding these sugar bullets to kids! Instead, I used meringue powder. I happened to have some in the pantry, but you can find this at specialty groceries and Michaels craft store (so I’ve heard). And low and behold, it can be found on Amazon.

Recipe for Royal Icing

  • 1/8 cup Meringue Powder
  • 1/4 cup Cold Water
  • 2 cups sifted Confectioners Sugar

Add water to meringue powder and beat until soft peaks form. Add sugar into the mixture and beat until it’s the desired consistency. Add more sugar for stiffer icing.

gingerbread cookies with kidsI fit the disposable piping bag with a small, round #4 tip, gave my daughter a few suggestions on how to hold and squeeze the bag, and let her go to town. We started with white icing, and then I mixed the remaining icing with all natural yellow food coloring on my daughter’s request.

gingerbread cookies with kidsOnce the icing firmed up, we moved the cookies to a nice, clean plate where we could admire our handiwork.

And eat some cookies.

Mmmm, I hate to say this, but these gingerbread bites rivaled those from the original recipe.

I picked up three more boxes today. Yum yum.

Next up: Ginger Bread Houses!

What are you baking for the holidays (with or without the kids)?

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  1. I think I might make those for our party we are having at home this weekend! They look soooo good!

  2. I think I might have to make these for my party at home this weekend. They look soooo good!!

  3. Baking sugar cookies! Use a fav recipe or the packaged brands but instead of an egg, use 2 Tbsp. water + 1 Tbsp. oil + 2 tsp. baking powder.  I don’t have to worry about pre-bake taste testing. The cookies come out thinner and crisper (which for me is a plus). 

    • I’ve never heard of this before. That’s so clever, and perfect for little kids with the contageous finger-licking disease.

  4. Made pizelle’s and not-so-sugar cookies today!

  5. Does this work only with Gingerbread Cake and Baking Mix from Trader Joe or any Gingerbread Cake and Baking Mix would do?

  6. They look sooooo good !! Have never tasted gingerbread cookies, need to some now:)

    PS- Isn’t meringue pwdr made of dried egg whites? I don’t use it as I am not too comfortable eating uncooked egg/product. Anyways my cookie icing just includes confectioners sugar and cold water and it works for me http://puttiprapancha.blogspot.com/2010/12/painted-cookies.html

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