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Gingerbread Linzer Cookies with Lemon Frosting

Gingerbread Linzer Cookies

Making Linzer cookies is a Christmas tradition around our house. But this year I wanted to do something different. My kids were the inspiration – my youngest begged me to make gingerbread cookies. I figured we could do a little bit of both. For every pan of gingerbread men we made another pan of Linzer cookies with the same dough. One dough, two very different cookies.

Here’s how to put the Linzer cookies together. I purchases my Linzer cookie cutter from King Arthur Flour but they’re available at kitchenware stores, too.

Linzer and gingerbread cookies

Recipe

*Adapted from King Arthur Flour

Cookies: 4 dozen sandwich cookies

 

Cookie dough ingredients

¾ cup butter

¾ cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup molasses

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 ½ tsp. ginger

¼ tsp. anise

1/4 tsp. almond extract

½ tsp. lemon zest

1 egg

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

3 12/ cups all-purpose flour

 

Lemon frosting ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 Tbsp. heavy cream

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. lemon zest

2-3 cups powdered sugar

Sprinkle of salt

 

Directions

Cookies

  1. In the microwave, melt the butter together with the brown sugar then stir in the molasses, salt, and seasonings, including the lemon zest.
  2. Let the mixture cool and then beat in an egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining dry ingredients together. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  4. Stir the dough into a ball and wrap with aluminum foil. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Roll out each piece to 1/8” thick and use a Linzer cookie cutter to make the cookie shapes. No Linzer cookie cutter? No problem. Use a biscuit cutter or even a cup to make the circular shapes.
  7. Bake each sheet of dough cookie shapes for 8-10 minutes or until just set (they’ll become crisper as they cool).

 

Icing

  1. In a large bowl, whip the butter until creamy. Add in the heavy cream and then the powdered sugar. Next, mix in the lemon juice and the zest along with the salt.
  2. Continue blending the frosting until it’s the right consistency – add more powdered sugar to make the frosting firmer or cream to make it smoother. Want it tangier? Add more zest or lemon juice.

 

Assembly

Easy! Use a kitchen knife to spread about 1 ½ tsp. frosting on one cookie and then sandwich it together with another cookie on top. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top if you’d like to make the cookie look even prettier.

 

Gingerbread Linzer Cookies Close up

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Easy Groot Cupcakes

If you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy then you know the certain joy that comes from the final scene (spoiler!) seeing a twig – Groot – dance to Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back.” Haven’t seen the movie? You should.

Once you do, make these silly cupcakes with your kids.

Child with groot cupcake

My youngest requested Groot cupcakes for her birthday

For more inspiration, sing along.

I got the general idea for Groot cupcakes from Koalipops – regular chocolate cupcakes topped with a Groot made out of gingerbread. Mr. Squid made a template to follow for the Groot cupcake toppers but my girls quickly abandoned it in favor of fashioning their own. I suggest you do the same. The beauty of Groot is that he doesn’t have to look perfect! Let your kids have fun making their own versions of little, dancing Groots.

Baby groots baking

Follow along to create your own Groots. And yes, you need to listen to “I Want You Back” while you’re baking.

Groot Cupcake with pan

First, I made 24 chocolate cupcakes from a box. Next, I mixed up a batch of King Arthur’s Gingerbread Cookies. I left out the ginger so the flavor wouldn’t clash too much with the chocolate cupcake base. Leave the cookie dough in the fridge for at least an hour before rolling them out. Now you have a choice: make a baby Groot template or start freestyling. We did both.

Next frost the top of the chocolate cupcakes (I added a little too much black coloring to mine–next time I wouldn’t add any and I’d just keep it as dark chocolate). Then, gently push your baked, cooled Groot into the cupcake. Complete the look with green frosting leaves and thin, chocolate icing to look like twigs – you can also use it to glue the chocolate chip eyes in place.

 

Groot Cupcake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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