Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies without Molasses

It’s one week till Christmas and I have just started to bake cookies. The following recipe for gingerbread cookies without molasses is easy to follow and doesn’t require any ingredients that you probably already don’t have in you kitchen.

I was looking for this type of gingerbread for a while and found the recipe in Richard Bertinet’s book “Crust”. These cookies are softer and thicker than traditional gingerbread. Typically, they are baked in continental Europe. They are popular particularly in Czechia.

This year I made soft gingerbread cookies as edible ornaments and we’ve put some on the Christmas tree. Let see how long they’ll last there.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies Without Molasses

Ingredients:

  • 425g plain flour
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 125g softened butter
  • 100g honey
  • 1 large egg (55g shelled weight)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spices
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of salt

Egg wash: 1 egg beaten with a pinch of salt

Method:

recipe for gingerbread cookies without molasses
  1. Prepare the egg wash one hour before you’ll glaze the cookies so the foam settles.
  2. Put flour, icing sugar, bicarb soda, spices and salt into a bowl and mix well. Add wet ingredients and knead into soft dough. Cover and let it rest at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and roll out 5 mil thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes.
  4. Glaze the cookies with the egg wash prepared earlier and let them dry. Then repeat the glazing once again. It’s important to leave the cookies to dry between glazing as it produces shinier look.  On the top picture I’ve glazed rounds twice, but other shapes once thickly to save on time. The round cookies look nicer and shinier!
  5. If using cookies as edible tree ornaments or gift tags, make a hole with a skewer or piping tip (see photo).
  6. Once dry after second glazing, decorate the cookies by dragging lines across using fork or skewer. You can also use dry fruit or nuts to decorate gingerbread.
  7. Bake cookies on greased and floured baking trays for about 18 minutes in moderately hot oven (160 C)
  8. Cool on a wire rack before storing or threading ribbon.

We hope you will enjoy this recipe for gingerbread cookies without molasses as much as we have.

Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 425 g plain flour
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 125 g softened butter
  • 100 g honey
  • 1 large egg 55g shelled weight
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spices
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of salt
  • Egg wash: 1 egg beaten with a pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Prepare the egg wash one hour before you’ll glaze the cookies so the foam settles.
  • Put flour, icing sugar, bicarb soda, spices and salt into a bowl and mix well. Add wet ingredients and knead into soft dough. Cover and let it rest at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Tip the dough onto a floured surface and roll out 5 mil thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes.
  • Glaze the cookies with the egg wash prepared earlier and let them dry. Then repeat the glazing once again. It’s important to leave the cookies to dry between glazing as it produces shinier look.  On the top picture I’ve glazed rounds twice, but other shapes once thickly to save on time. The round cookies look nicer and shinier!
  • If using cookies as edible tree ornaments or gift tags, make a hole with a skewer or piping tip (see photo).
  • Once dry after second glazing, decorate the cookies by dragging lines across using fork or skewer. You can also use dry fruit or nuts to decorate gingerbread.
  • Bake cookies on greased and floured baking trays for about 18 minutes in moderately hot oven (160 C)
  • Cool on a wire rack before storing or threading ribbon.

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