Ginger Horse Cookies for Day 4 of #ChristmasWeek

gingerbread cookies

Hi folks.

Okay so this one needs a little explanation. Just prepare yourself as the explanation is too cute for words. I fully expect to hear a collective “aw” as you all read this. Okay, you ready?

Ginger Horse Cookies are basically gingerbread cookies shaped like a horse. Why are they shaped like a horse you ask? Well it’s because we own a horse, so I have lots of horse goodies, things like horse cookie cutters. Here’s where it gets even cuter. Our horse’s name is ….Ginger. Ya, I know right. Too adorable for words. So making Ginger Horse Cookies has become a tradition here at the Bee household. Personally I think everyone should make Ginger Horse Cookies every year. Ginger is THAT awesome. The horse and the spice.

So now that I’ve explained and the cuteness factor just sky-rocketed it’s time to show you how to make these adorable little Ginger Horse Cookies. First you need a horse cookie cutter. I wish I could remember where I got mine. I also wish I could remember where I put my favourite one. My Ginger Horse Cookie Cutter is missing. I have more than one type but my all time fave has escaped from the paddock. I cannot find it anywhere. I’m going to leave some hay out tonight to see if it wanders over for a nibble. Till then I am making due with Ginger Horse Cookie Backup Cutter.

Next you need to whip up some gingerbread dough. Then you need to have at it and make adorable Ginger Horse Cookies. Then take pictures of yours and send them in. I’d love to see them. I bet Ginger would love to see them too. We can stick all the photos of Ginger Horse Cookies to the front of her stall. Then she can show off in front of all her horsey friends. Cuz I would bet a gazillion dollars none of them have Christmas Cookies named after them. Ginger is special. But I’ve known that since I met her.

 

So rush out to the store and get a horse cookie cutter. While you’re there buy me one too. I don’t think mine is ever coming home. It’s moved on to greener pastures. I miss you Ginger Horse Cookie Cutter. Come back, come back. *all of a sudden I feel like I’m in the movie Titanic*

I used my second fave gingerbread recipe. I could not bring myself to use my first favourite since I didn’t have my first favourite cutter. It just seemed wrong. Like I’d be cheating on my favourite cutter. So I used my trusty second fave. It’s a recipe by Miss Paula Deen. The lady knows her stuff. She will never let you down. She is my first favourite recipe guru. No second place for Paula, no sir. Er, ma’am. Er, Paula.

I still need help with frosting so forgive my ineptness. I also need my photo studio set up. I have the desk back in the room but need to set up my camera and lights and table. So I apologize for all the lackluster photos this week. I’ll quite likely retake them all once the room is functional. Till then enjoy some tasty Ginger Horse Cookies.

gingerbread cookies

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Ginger Horse Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Holidays
Cuisine: American
 
A great Ginger Horse Cookie inspired by my love of cookies and my love for my horse Ginger.
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 3¾ cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work surface
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla salt (regular salt is fine)
For the Icing:
  • I used premade icing I got at the Mixed Conference. It's from Duff Goldman's line of products
Instructions
  1. In your stand mixer cream the sugar and butter on low-speed till well combined.
  2. Now add the eggs and the molasses,mix until well combined.
  3. Now sift the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Add your dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Combine using a wooden spoon or other strong utensil.
  5. Now take your dough and wrap it in plastic wrap. Stick it in the fridge for about an hour.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper, this stuff rocks for cookies.
  8. Let the dough sit at room temperature for about 15 to 30 minutes, it should be pliable and easy to manipulate.
  9. Grab about ¼ of your dough and roll onto a floured board. It should be about ⅛ inch thick. Now press your horse cookie cutter into the dough. Transfer the cutout to the cookie sheets, and repeat.
  10. You can reuse scraps. Waste not, want not!
  11. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, till golden. Transfer to your wire racks to let cool.
  12. Once cool get your creativity going and make fun stuff on the cookies. Hope you are better at it than I am.
  13. Allow icing to dry.
  14. Serve with a big old "I love horses" smile.
  15. *you can use a straw to cut out a hole at the top of each cookie, then tie a ribbon to them and hang them on your tree*

 

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Welcome to day #4 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by yours truly, and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Gingerbread Surprise”. Make sure you visit all the participating bloggers today to see what special dish they whipped up for you.

Mini Gingerbread Donuts from Jen of Juanita’s Cocina

Gingerbread Biscotti from Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Drizzle from Anuradha of Baker Street

Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Glaze from Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

Mini Holiday Gingerbread Loaves from Isabelle of Crumb

Gingerbread Biscoff Truffles from Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Gingerbread Dip from Erin of The Spiffy Cookie

Gingerbread Milkshake from Ramona of Curry and Comfort 

Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars from Heather of Girlichef

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls from Cathy of The Dutch Baker’s Daughter

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling from Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious

 Toodles and smoochies! xx

 

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Comments

  1. 1

    D’awwwwwww how sweet! And I love that you have more than one horse cookie cutter. Nicely done. I made ginger dinosaurs last year – they were cute but your back story definitely has them beat.

  2. 2

    Okay, these ARE totally cute. But probably not too cute to eat, right? The pink saddle is a fabulous touch!

  3. 3

    I’m still mourning your loss of Ginger. The cutter, not the horsey. God save the world if anything EVER happened to your Ginger, or if SHE decided to abandon her stall. Although, if she ever moves on to greener pastures, please rent me her stall. I just wanna live closer to you…and your edible horseys. <3

  4. 4

    Aw… these are adorable! Almost too cute to eat! Hope you feel better soon, Kim! xo

  5. 5

    Awwww! LOL, yes that is totally a sweet story. I think it would be awesome to have Ginger’s stall lined with differed photos of ginger horses! And, well, YUM, I do love ginger. :)

  6. 6

    Awww! Super cute! haha. I’m loving your Christmas collection so far. Deliciously festive. :)

  7. 7

    Your horse gingerbread cookies are beyond cute. If I had a horse I’d be making horse cookies, too. I have a dog, so I make dog cookies.

    I tried making “Martha’s” gingerbread last year and it was a total fail. I will try Paula’s recipe this time.

  8. 8

    omg LOVE! of course you have a horse cookie cutter, which is completely adorable and now i want one too. DANGIT! I’m on the hunt.

  9. 9

    D’aww. Ginger is so cute. The horse isn’t too bad either! XD

    The one with the white frosting is my favorite.

  10. 10

    I am Very Sorry that your Favorite Horse Cutter ran off. Perhaps to greener pastures…? I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself!

    I think your ginger horse cookies are Very Very Cute, and I think your horse is also lovely. She (he?) looks very mellow and approachable. Horses are quite large and I find them a bit intimidating, but I’d hang out with your horse. But not while eating horse cookies. That seems…inappropriate.

    :)

  11. 11

    These are totally cute! Perhaps cute enough to get me to in the kitchen and make some.

  12. 12

    Yay for Ginger your horse and Yay for these adorable cookies!! Both are gorgeous. :) Happy Day 4!

  13. 13

    LOL!!!!! Oh my…this post was extra funny. I hope your first favorite cookie cutter comes back to you soon =)

  14. 14

    Now the question is, did you name your horse Ginger so that you could make cookies or did you make cookies because of Ginger? Either way, I love the cookies. In fact, I can see them all over a tree. Do you hang them or just eat them? You said in a different post that you used cookies for decorating. I hope you will share some pics.

  15. 15

    OK, you just killed me with the cuteness.

    So much cuteness. Cuteness overload.

    Also tasty overload.

  16. 16

    AAwwwww – these are adorable!

  17. 17

    It’s fun to see something other than men for gingerbread cookies

  18. 18

    Oh, they are so cute! I’ve been waiting to see these babies! And if I see a horse cookie cutter, it’s yours :)

  19. 19

    Aaaaaawwwww! How sweet! Give Ginger a big hug from me. Now to find a horse cookie cutter….

  20. 20

    How cute, I love those little horses, now all I need is a cookie cutter…:)

  21. 21

    What a cute idea! I was contemplating making ginger cookies this year and now I think I will. The only horsey cutter I have is a rocking horse which I used to make cookies for my horse-loving nephew last year. I’ll see what I can come up with and if they turn out, I’ll email you a photo or two!

  22. 22

    So cute…and I love the story, too! :)

  23. 23

    Awwww love this post! And the cookies are so stinking cute!

  24. 24

    The horse cookies are both adorable and delicious looking. I’d eat ‘em all up! As for Ginger herself, she’s a beautiful girl but, given her name, I was kind of expecting a redhead. :)

  25. 25

    Awwwww, that’s sweet indeed! Gingerbread cookies are such a classic. When I was a kid they were my favorite. I’ve since moved on, but I still have a soft spot for them. Appropriate, because if I eat too many I get soft around the middle! Fun post – thanks.

  26. 26

    How could you not love a woman who creates a cookie named after her horse? I love it!!! I don’t think I have a horse cookie cutter, but I’ll go look. :)

  27. 27

    You’re too cute yourself. I just bought some star cutters but that seems downright tame compared to your horse cutter.

  28. 28

    I can think of nothing cuter than a ginger horse propelling itself through the air. NEXT LEVEL AWESOME.

  29. 29

    Awwwww for sure :) Love the horses!

  30. 30

    Very cute indeed! We do boring old gingerbread men but I’m liking the horse idea. Happy Holidays Kim :)

  31. 31

    These are total cuteness in cookie form. Is it horrible I want to eat the head off of that horse cookie :)

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