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Best Gingerbread Recipe and Sugar Cookie Mix

This super easy recipe combines a packaged gingerbread mix and a sugar cookie mix. The result is the right amount of sweetness and spiciness.

Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Keyword Christmas
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
decorating time 30 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 160 kcal
Author Renea

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 7.7 ounces gingerbread cookie mix
  • 6.25 ounces sugar cookie mix
  • 1 egg

Icing

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • assortment for decorating including colored sugar, sprinkles, etc.

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter in a medium bowl. Add the gingerbread mix, the sugar cookie mix and the egg and mix well. You will end up with a very thick dough.

  2. Flour your surface well (I used craft paper), and roll out the cookies to 1/4 inch thick (see the complete post details for tips). Cut out the cookies with a gingerbread man cookie cutter or any design you choose.

  3. Place on a baking sheet. If necessary, brush off excess flour from the cookies with a kitchen brush. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 minutes or just until they no longer look wet on top. The longer you bake then, the crisper they become. I like mine soft.

  4. Remove from the oven when done and let rest for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet before removing them to a cooling rack.

  5. Finish baking the rest of the cookies, reusing the dough until all the dough is gone. Let the cookies cool completely before icing and decorating.

  6. To prepare the icing, cream the butter in a small bowl. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the milk and mix. Add the other tablespoon of milk and mix to make a smooth consistency.

  7. Ice and decorate the cookies.  If you would like, pipe the icing into a pastry bag fitted with a round tip for precise decorating. Let the cookies sit out for several hours to set the icing before storing in an air-tight container.