{from scratch holidays} Gingerbread Gift Tags

The holidays are upon us, and many people are in the midst of exchanging presents with friends and family.  If you have kids on the list of those you are giving to, consider this fun {and delicious} way to decorate and label your gifts.

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Gingerbread Cookie  Gift Tags

Gingerbread cookies make a sturdy base in which to create edible name tags. The cookie dough can be shaped into a variety of shapes using holiday cookie cutters.  Turn these cookies into “cookie-pops” by inserting a popsicle stick before baking.  Now, to really make these cookies a true name tag, write the names of your gift recipients using frosting, sprinkles and decorative sugars.  Slide the cookie into a clear plastic bag, tying it sealed with a colorful ribbon, or tape the popsicle stick to your present.

With a cookie name tag, your presents will be a  hit this holiday season…even before they are unwrapped!

RECIPE: Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

INGREDIENTS: Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (or non-dairy equivalent)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour

INGREDIENTS: Frosting

METHODS: Cookies

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together.
  • Add the cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and ginger.  Combine well.
  • Add in the egg, molasses and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Slowly add in the flour and mix until all of the flour is combined into the dough.  The dough will be very thick at this point and hard to mix.
  • Divide the dough into two balls. Place one piece of the dough between two pieces of wax paper.  Pat the dough down into a thick circle, then place it into the fridge for 3o – 60 mins to cool.  Repeat with the remaining half of dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Remove one of the chilled pieces of dough from the fridge. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Use cookie cutters to create the desired shape of cookies. Place the cut out cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. Repeat this process with remaining dough.
  • For cookie-pops: place cut out cookie dough onto the prepared sheets, leaving plenty of room for the popsicle stick.  Insert a popsicle stick about 1-2 inches into the cookie, making sure that none of the stick is breaking through the dough.
  • Bake the cookies for 8-10 mins, until firm in the center.  Cool on a wire rack.
  • With frosting, write the names of those whom you are giving presents to. Add sprinkles, decorative sugar, etc as desired.
  • Let the frosting dry completely before packaging or moving off of cooling racks.

METHODS: Frosting

  • Combine 1 cup of powdered sugar with a small splash of milk.  Mix. {Add more powdered sugar to thicken the frosting or more milk to thin the frosting.}
  •  Add food coloring, if desired.

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Categories: Baked Goods, Christmas, Dessert, Edible Gifts, From Scratch Holidays, Holidays, Kid Friendly, recipe

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