These are the most delectable and festive cookies that are being served at the White House in abundance this holiday season and the White House has been generous enough to share their recipe with us so that we too can enjoy their ooey, gooey, goodness!
Gingerbread cookie ingredients:
8 oz (2 sticks) butter, soft
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 eggs, large
1 cup molasses
7 cups All Purpose flour
¼ teaspoon ginger ground
¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Lemon zest from 1 lemon
Orange zest from 1 orange
1. Cream butter and sugar in an electric mixer for a minimum 5 minutes.
2. Add eggs one by one, then molasses.
3. Put mixer on slow, sift spices, salt, baking powder and baking soda with flour then add these dry ingredients in three increments and scrape bowl each time.
4. Add zests and mix until incorporated, but do not over mix.
5. Remove dough from bowl and place on plastic wrap and spread to 1" thickness over wrap and cover with another sheet of plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
6. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out a small piece on a floured surface. This dough is very wet, so add flour when necessary to prevent sticking and turn over often.
7. Roll out to 1/8 to ¼ inch thickness for cookies. Cut out Gingerbread shapes.
8. Bake for 12 minutes at 350°F for cookies; 25 minutes or more for ornaments.
9. Decorate with Royal Icing
Royal icing ingredients:
2 cups Confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 egg white
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix with paddle attachment on electric blender (or by hand) for 5 minutes. If icing is too thick, add more lemon juice or a little egg white to desired consistency.
In addition to tons of these gorgeous and delicious gingerbread cookies with royal icing, many used as Christmas tree decorations, the White House has a 400-pound White House Gingerbread House with white chocolate and marzipan, on display in the State Dining Room.
This year, the White House’s holiday decorations theme, is “Shine Give, Share” and includes 37 Christmas trees, including the official 18-foot 6-inch balsam fir tree in the Blue Room.
Enjoy these gingerbread cookies and my slide show of Michelle Obama and the White House Christmas decorations!
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