Gingerbread Crinkles

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Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!

Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!

Welcome to Day 5 of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series!!!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

It’s pretty much a given that you have to include some kind of gingerbread treat at Chritmas time. There’s just something magical about the taste of gingerbread. Or is it the smell? Oh how I love the smell of Christmas. Yesterday was the day after Thanksgiving. I absolutely hate to shop, so any Black Friday shopping is done from the comfort of my home office. I learned my lesson 8 years ago after standing in line at 4am on a freezing morning with a newborn in tow just to get into Toys R Us to buy a train table that didn’t fit in my car. Never again. Anyway, since that year of bad Black Friday decisions, our family tradition has been to get our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Living in Oregon, I get to choose from the freshest, most gorgeous noble firs from a farm just down the street. Now, my living room is filled with the sent of Christmas! Oh, how I love the smell.

Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!

If you want your kitchen to smell divine, you must make these cookies. I’ve made crinkles before, but I’ve always just rolled them in powdered sugar. This time, however, I rolled them first in granulated sugar and then powdered sugar. This helped in two ways. First, it gave the outside a surprise crunch which made my mouth very happy. Second, it protected the powdered sugar from dissolving into the melted butter so it made the cookies extra pretty.

Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!

Not only do these cookies taste amazing, but they are so visually pleasing. I don’t know what it is about a soft and chewy crinkle, but they are pure goodness!

Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to see all of my holiday recipes from the last couple of years.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

 

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Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 3 dozen
Ingredients
cookie:
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons ground pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
for baking:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugars, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt at low speed until combined. Stop the mixer and add the butter. Mix at medium-low speed until the mixture is sandy and the dry ingredients are coated in butter, about 1-2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and, with the mixer running, gradually add the molasses and heavy cream. Mix until the dough is evenly moistened, about 20 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and mix until thoroughly combined, about 10 seconds.
  2. Transfer the dough to a large piece of plastic wrap, shape into a disk, wrap tightly and freeze until firm, 20 to 30 minutes. Alternatively, refrigerate the dough 2 hours or overnight.
  3. To bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Roll chilled dough into tablespoon sized balls. Roll each dough ball in the granulated sugar first until coated and then roll again in confectioners sugar until coated evenly. Place the sugar coated dough balls 1-inch apart from each other on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake the cookies until set in the centers, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven when they start to crack. Do not over bake. Cool the cookies on the sheets 2 minutes, then remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.

recipe inspired by If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!
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25 of the Best Holiday Cookies and a $400 Cash Giveaway!

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Not only am I sharing 25 of the BEST Holiday Cookie recipes, but we’re giving away $400 cash to spend however you wish this holiday season!

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It’s the most WONDERFUL time… of the year!  Tell me you just sang that in your head just like I did while I was writing it. You did, didn’t you? I look forward to the holidays every single year. The enjoyment I get from my kids excitement. The smell of wonderful baked treats filling the house. The endless decorations and lights. The calming tradition of putting that fresh Oregon Noble Fir up in the living room and decorating it with the sentimental ornaments we’ve collected over the years. I love all of it. This will be my third year doing my 12 Days of Christmas series on my blog where I share twelve, YES 12 if you can believe it – holiday treats. If you’re curious about all the wonderful recipes I’ve made in the past, I’ll list some of them out here with links to the recipes, but I don’t want to post pictures because there are too many amazing recipes below. PLUS THE CASH!!! Read on for more details.  Okay, here are just some of my favorite holiday recipes, and have fun looking through all of my friends recipes below! Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies | Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

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