Thursday, November 15, 2012

Frosted Ginger Cookies Recipe

us in pink
Britt & Mel circa 2006
Today is a guest post recipe from my in-real-life friend, Brittney. You will LOVE this recipe. I have eaten more than my share of these cookies. :)

Hi Mel's readers! My name is Brittney and I was blessed to be her roommate and her Canadian best friend through 4 years of college! We were each others maid of honours! This cookie recipe is something she and I enjoyed many times throughout the 4 years! They're a great treat at Christmas, but are just as good all year round too!

Frosted Ginger Cookies Recipe
recipe from Dave & Melaney Austin, Brittney's parents 
Makes 6 dozen cookies

Ginger Cookies (2)Ingredients
for the cookies:
1-1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
2 tsp vanilla extract
4-1/2 cup flour (or a little less)
1 Tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda

for the frosting:
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups confectioner sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in molasses and vanilla. Mix well. 

In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Gradually stir them into the creamed mixture. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and baked 12-15 minutes--or until cookies spring back when touched (do not overbake!) Remove to wire rack to cool. 

for the frosting:
In a medium saucepan, bring sugars and butter to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk, bring to a boil. Remove from heat (mixture will appear curdled). Cool for 3 minutes. Stir in vanilla and salt. 
Spread onto warm cookies. 

Ginger Cookies (3) (1)

mel and brittney
this was my 20th birthday party--7 years ago.

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