These Holiday Spice Gingerbread Cookies recipe are just the perfect thing needed for this Holiday season! Thank you so much to the Wolfgang Puck Cooking School for sending this amazing and delicious recipe for me to share with everyone! Here’s a little story about these cookies from Maria herself:
“In the little Austrian town where I grew up, my mother was famous for her lebekuchen, or gingerbread cookies. She had a number of secrets, which I share with you in this lesson. One was to grind her own spices, though you can also use good-quality ones that are already ground. She flavored them with a mixture of both fresh and dried ginger. She also sweetened them three different ways, with granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, and blackstrap molasses. And yet, as you’ll discover, these cookies are surprisingly easy—and so much fun—to make and decorate.”
A world-renowned master in the kitchen and a charismatic personality, Wolfgang Puck revolutionized the American food scene with his combination of classic techniques and the modern fusion cuisine he pioneered in his iconic restaurants across America and around the globe. Driven by a genuine love of his craft and a passion to share his lifetime of professional knowledge with as many home cooks as possible, Wolfgang has created the new Wolfgang Puck Online Cooking School, a comprehensive and ever-growing online collection of instructional recipe-lessons, how-to techniques, and always engaging video cooking courses—all in beautiful, original, entertaining, and inspiring videos that capture Wolfgang’s expertise and joy in the kitchen.
Maria Puck's Holiday Spice Gingerbread Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
- 1 tablespoon peeled and finely grated fresh ginger
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 large pasteurized eggs separated
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 3 cups confectioners sugar plus more as needed
- In a heavy-duty stand mixer at medium speed, beat the butter, both sugars, and the salt until blended and light, scraping down the bowl occasionally.
- Gradually beat in the cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ground ginger, egg, molasses, and fresh ginger.
- Sift the flour and baking soda onto a large sheet of parchment paper. With the mixer at low speed, gradually pour the flour mixture into the creamed mixture and continue beating just until fully incorporated and smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape down the bowl and the beater.
- Chilling the dough
- Empty half the dough from the mixing bowl onto a sheet of plastic wrap and pat it into a flat rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap up securely. Repeat with the second half. Chill in the refrigerator until cold and firm, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
- Put the egg whites in a medium bowl, reserving the yolks for another use. Add the lemon juice and zest and whisk until blended. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar, ¼ to ½ cup at a time, until the icing is smooth and thick but still fluid. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F. With a sharp knife, cut a rectangle of dough into 1-inch cubes. Roll each cube between your palms to form even balls, placing them 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet; or use a 1-inch-diameter scoop to form the balls.
- Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, until nicely puffed on top, well browned on the bottom, and firm to the touch, 15 to 20 minutes. Leave on the baking sheets to cool briefly before decorating.
- Fill a disposable plastic pastry-decorating bag or a sealable plastic sandwich bag with the icing and snip off a corner. Gently squeeze the bag to pipe the icing over the warm cookies in any design you like. Leave the cookies on the sheets to cool completely before serving.
by David Murphy