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Recipe: Easy Gingerbread You Don’t Have to Chill

Recipe- Easy Gingerbread You Don’t Have to Chill

I wanted to make gingerbread cookies the other day, but all of the recipes I found said that you had to chill the gingerbread dough for at least a few hours or overnight. Blah. Try explaining that to a toddler.

Luckily, my friend Michelle sent me a recipe that required no chilling whatsoever. I tweaked it a little bit to fit personal preference and what we had in the house, but this recipe is still easy-peasy and the cookies it makes are pretty addictive.

No-Chill Gingerbread Cookies
– 3/4 cup shortening
– 1 cup sugar (we used turbinado sugar because I like the crunch)
– 2 eggs
– 4 Tbsp molasses
– 1/2 tsp ground cloves
– 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp ground ginger
– 2 1/4 cup flour
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream shortening and sugar. Add the eggs and molasses. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the mixture.

Toddler gingerbread recipe
If you’re using a Kitchenaid mixer, I recommend starting with the regular paddle and then switching to the dough hook when you add the dry ingredients. You’ll have to use a spatula to scrape the sides a couple of times, but it will be easier on your mixer’s motor. Gingerbread dough is pretty tough stuff.

Kitchenaid dough hook and gingerbread

Roll onto a floured board and cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Michelle shared an ingenious tip with me: roll your dough out onto parchment paper and when you cut the shapes, just peel away the excess so you don’t have to worry about messing the cookies up by moving them. If you have extra dough, just roll them up into balls, flatten into circles, and sprinkle with a little bit more cinnamon and powdered sugar for extra sweet and spicy bites.

Kid recipe for gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread you don't have to chill and ninja cookie cutters

Holiday cut out cookies with a toddler

Leftover gingerbread dough

Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched. Spend the baking time having a dance party in the kitchen.

Dance party in the kitchen

Cool the cookies completely after you remove them from the oven. Once the cookies are cool, feel free to frost them. If you want to use the lazy mom method for your toddler (like I did), put about a cup of powdered sugar into a ziploc bag and add warm water about a 1/2 tsp at a time. You really don’t need very much water to turn powdered sugar into icing. Mush it up by squeezing it with your hands until it’s the consistency that you want and then seal the bag and cut a teeny-tiny piece off of one of the bottom corners. Let your toddler use this makeshift pastry bag to decorate her cookies.

Easy gingerbread icing in a ziploc bag for toddlers


Simple gingerbread dough

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  • Reply Christine

    Eva looks like a great helper in the kitchen! πŸ˜€

    December 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    Cookies AND dancing?? I’m in! πŸ™‚

    Love this post!! I wish I had a working oven and a special baking buddy to help me too.

    December 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      How do you not have a working oven? Is your oven taking a break? We might need to send you emergency cookies.

      December 12, 2013 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Eve

    Is that a ninja cookie cutter? I loudly applaud you while singing, “Go Ninja, go ninja go!” πŸ™‚

    December 10, 2013 at 11:29 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      It is! We got our ninjabread cutters last year. I need to start making them year round!

      December 12, 2013 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    How many does this recipe make? BTW I want to have a daughter just like that one day πŸ˜„

    December 16, 2015 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Jessica Hazmark

    Wow!! You understand what it’s like having a toddler!! I was wondering what I’d do with my 18 month old while it chilled. I finally found a recipe I can do with him!! Thanks!!

    December 1, 2016 at 12:26 am
  • Reply Holley McKiven

    I’m not sure what I did wrong but mine are definitely not cookie cutter consistency πŸ™ even with quite a bit of extra flour

    December 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Tommi

    Recipe is not accurate. Creates a very sticky dough – NOT rollable/Cookie-cutter-able. Find a different recipe unless you want a headache of doctoring with extra flour.

    December 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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