This recipe for soft and chewy gingerbread cookies is a Christmas staple in my house! You can decorate them with a simple icing and sprinkles, or keep them plain!
Is there any kind of food that says Christmas more than a gingerbread cookie? There is just something about the flavor of gingerbread that makes me think about decorating the tree by a cozy fire while Christmas music is playing in the background. And they are so much fun to make because you can choose any shape that you want! I love to get out my cookie cutters each Christmas season and play with them – it makes me feel like a kid! Of course the standard gingerbread man is adorable, but there are so many fun options. This year I was inspired by these gorgeous ornaments from St. Frank.
St. Frank sells handmade textiles that are sourced from artisans around the world. This holiday season they are featuring a limited edition Birds of Peace ornament set that consists of four embroidered birds, each one with a unique and beautiful pattern. So I added a new cookie cutter to my collection and got to work.
This recipe is for soft and chewy gingerbread cookies, which happens to be my favorite texture in any kind of cookie. Cut-out cookies are a lot of work, especially when you ice them, but it really is a lot of fun and is something that I like to do at least once each Christmas season.
The Birds of Peace ornaments are hand stitched by Palestinian women using traditional embroidery techniques. I decorated my cookies to look similar to the ornaments! Ok perhaps my icing skills are not quite as strong as the embroidery skills of the Palestinian women, but I think they look pretty cute. I decided to ice these cookies with a basic icing made from powdered sugar, cream, and corn syrup. Royal Icing will set up better, but I am scared to use raw egg whites! Maybe next year….anyone have a good recipe to share?
Now living in a small apartment in NYC, we don’t have room for a big Christmas tree. But almost every year, my sweet mom sends us a little tree, and it is just perfect for our space! TheBetterHalf and I spent the other night baking gingerbread cookies, listening to Christmas music on Songza, and decorating our little tree. It was so much fun! Don’t the Birds of Peace ornaments look so cute on there next to the cookies?
The bird ornaments are a symbol of peace and hope – what a perfect thing to focus on this time of year. They would make a great present for anyone on your list. Head over to stfank.com and check them out. They are offering free shipping in time for Christmas if you place your order by tomorrow! Wishing all of you peace, love and cookies this Christmas season!
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