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Driving Miss Zilla #1: Honey-Gingerbread Cookies

Posted: October 18, 2010 | Author: Bakezilla | Filed under: Bakezilla | 4 Comments »

So, here’s some personal information for the world: I have had some real, serious anxiety about driving. Yes, I’m a grown woman, yes I have a driver’s license, yes I took driver’s ed and practiced and all that stuff, but driving has always made me nervous (the roots of this are something I won’t go into here, but I have gotten treatment for anxiety, no worries). So I’ve avoided driving like the plague for years, which is pretty easy when you live in New York City. But recently, I’ve realized, it is really good to know how to drive. It is a very practical skill. Especially when you have both a zip car and costco membership at hand. So I decided to take this issue head on. I enlisted my dear friend and fellow pretty girl Johanna, and arranged a driving lesson/practice session in exchange for baked goods. I must say, she was an extremely patient and kind driving companion, and really helped me feel a lot better about my ability to drive like the rest of American adults, and, well, she got some honey-gingerbread cookies.

I made these halloween themed because it’s October.  And I had ghost and cat cookie cutters.  I like gingerbread a lot, and the honey works really well… it’s a great flavor addition.  I have to work on my royal icing technique – they were a little sloppy – but the taste results were great.  Note: the dough needs refrigeration and then the cut out shapes need freezing – so A. make sure you give yourself a while to make these and B. make some room in your fridge and freezer for them.

  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup honey (don’t use fancy honey for these – it’s expensive and the flavor you’re paying for won’t be taste-able – save that for tea.)
  • 1/2 cup molasses

  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a medium bowl.
  • Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in honey and molasses. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Divide dough into 3 portions, and wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a generously floured piece of parchment, roll dough to a scant 1/4 inch thick. Brush off excess flour. Slide dough and parchment onto a baking sheet, and freeze for 15 minutes.
  • Cut out desired shapes. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, and freeze for 15 minutes.
  • Bake cookies for 6 minutes. Remove sheets from oven, and tap them firmly on counter to flatten cookies. Return to oven, rotating sheets, and bake until crisp but not darkened, 6 to 8 minutes more. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.
  • Ice them with royal icing.  I have written about this previously… but the kind I use has raw egg whites.  I mix one box confectioner’s sugar, 1 tbs. lemon juice, 1 egg white, and 1/8-1/4 cup water to make it… and I like using gel as opposed to liquid food coloring if available.   Ice cooled cookies as desired.

    4 Comments on “Driving Miss Zilla #1: Honey-Gingerbread Cookies”

    1. 1 Joh said at 2:36 pm on October 18, 2010:

      Seriously, these cookies were worth the price of admission even if you HADN’T been a good driver. Which you are. Plus, it meant I got to see Greenwood from the safety of a LOCKED car. :)
      Everyone enjoyed the cookies, btw, and I’m really glad to have the recipe, because they will be HEAVILY requested going forward. :)

    2. 2 Mom J said at 8:19 pm on October 18, 2010:

      The cookies were really yummy!! Bakezilla, if you are ever in Western Massachusetts and would like a driving lesson, the woman who helped teach Joh to drive, would be happy to give you a lesson in exchange for these cookies!!!!

    3. 3 Bakezilla said at 8:32 am on October 19, 2010:

      Thanks Joh and Joh’s Mom! Maybe now that I can drive, one of these days when I’m in Boston I can drive out, show Ben Western Mass, and visit you guys… with cookies. Glad you guys enjoyed!

    4. 4 Alyssa said at 8:51 pm on October 29, 2010:

      And one of these days when you are in Boston, you can swing out and see this pretty girl!

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