Santa’s Cookies#4: White Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread

Who doesn’t love gingerbread cookies?!!! Whether you prefer them in the form of people or houses, they are a tried and true holiday classic. Ours look so fancy with white chocolate and a little bit of holly decoration!

We especially liked that there was no rolling or cutting for the cookie shapes. A scoop of dough made into a round disc was fast and easy for baking a few dozen.

The chips were melted in a double boiler, and then the cookies were dipped and laid on wax paper to set.

We also cheated a bit with the holly icing… a tube of Wilton Decorating Icing, with a #4 decorating tip for the berries, and a #46 basketweave tip for the leaves did the trick!

Crumbs were the only proof that these were on Santa’s plate. We think he enjoyed them as much as our families did!

White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp granulated sugar , divided
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups white chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp shortening
  • Red and green candy melts (or tinted royal icing)*

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for 20 seconds, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Mix in egg, then blend in molasses and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees during last 10 minutes of chilling.
  3. Scoop dough out about 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time, shape into balls then roll in remaining 3 Tbsp granulated sugar. Transfer to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2 inches apart (keep dough chilled that is not currently baking), flatten tops just slightly (to evenly level). Bake in preheated oven 8 – 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, melt 1 cup white chocolate chips with 1 Tbsp shortening at a time in microwave on HIGH power in 10 second intervals, stirring between intervals, until melted, smooth and fairly runny (I did batches of it because it will cool as your dipping, plus its easy to burn so you don’t want to work with too much of it at a time. Then once you’ve used it up melt more, you may not need all 3 cups). Dip half of each cookie in melted white chocolate mixture then run bottom of cookie slightly along edge of bowl to remove excess, then return to Silpat or parchment paper to set at room temperature.
  5. If doing the holly decoration, melt candy melts according to directions on package (I worked in small batches because it sets quickly, maybe 9 chips at a time, plus you won’t need much). Pour into a piping bags fitted with a #4 tip and pipe decorations. Allow to set a room temperature.
  6. *You can also use the holly sprinkles that some grocery stores and craft stores carry around the holidays.

Recipe source: cookie adapted from Allrecipes

 


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