4 dozen (serving size: 1 cookie)

These classic cookies make great holiday ornaments: Prior to baking, make a hole in the top of each using a wooden pick; string baked, cooled cookies with yarn, and hang them on the tree or mantel.

How to Make It

Step 1

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour and next 7 ingredients (flour through cloves) in a bowl, and set aside. Combine granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer 5 minutes. Add molasses and egg white; beat well. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat at low speed until well-blended. Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a ball, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 3

Working with 1 half of dough at a time (keep remaining half chilled until ready to use), roll the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a heavily floured surface; cut with a 2 1/2-inch boy or girl cookie cutter. Place gingerbread cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Arrange currants on cookies as buttons. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.

Step 4

Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla in a small bowl. Spoon into a decorating bag or a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag with a tiny hole snipped in 1 corner of bag, and decorate as desired.

Ratings & Reviews

MadamMaddyKJ26's Review

December 19, 2011
bland bland bland bland! they were flavorless...maybe if you up the amount it could be better but i'm gonna look at other gingerbread recipes...

GoodCook74's Review

November 29, 2010
This cookie is delicious. The dough was easy to work with. In the past, I used a traditional gingerbread recipes that always seemed to need some modification due to dryness. This recipe is the best gingerbread I have ever made. No modifications needed on this cookie (other than decorations). Been baking cookies for years as a family tradition and this one really stacks up well. Did decorate using red hot imperials, rather than the currents. De-licious!

YoungMaleCook's Review

December 18, 2008
I found the dough to be difficult and thin so I added more flour... I also like spicy cookies so I added about 1/4 tsp more of cloves, cinnamon and ginger. After that the recipe was more than worthy of a remake.