Posted by: reball | December 6, 2009

Puddin’ Head Gingerbread

Nothing says Christmas to me more than baking cookies while listening to Christmas music!  Those of you who know me are well aware that I bake 50-100 dozens cookies a week for our farm market.  However, when Christmas rolls around I still get so excited to bake those special recipes!  I have many fond memories of baking, decorating, and delivering Gingerbread Cookies with my Great Aunt Martha as a kid.  She was a very special lady who I miss dearly!   Her kitchen always smelled of cookies or some other special treat!  Although, they weren’t to be touched until after dinner!

These cookies were such a treat!  I don’t have her recipe but stumbled across this one a few years ago.   They have become a favorite of the twindaddy!  He likes them for the more mild gingerbread taste than the traditional version.  I thought I’d share the recipe to help you get into the Christmas Spirit!

Puddin’ Head Gingerbread Cookies

1 1/2 cups Butter softened

3 – 3.5 oz boxes Butterscotch Cook and Serve Pudding

1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar

3 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg

3 teaspoons Ginger

4 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour

1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda

Cream the butter, brown sugar, and pudding together.  Add the eggs and mix well.  Slowly stir in dry ingredients and combine.  It’s not necessary to chill the dough just roll on a well floured surface.  Cut into desired shapes and Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.  Decorate with Royal Icing.
Royal Icing

4 cups Powdered Sugar

3 tablespoons Meringue Powder or (4 egg whites beaten until soft peak)

6-10 tablespoons warm water

Combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and 4 tablespoons of water.  Mix well and slowly add more water as necessary to achieve desired consistancy.  Beat on high speed 7-9 minutes.  It is important that mixing bowl and whisk be completely free of any oil or butter.  This will prevent the icing from hardening.  Store in a tightly lidded container for up to 2 weeks.  Drying time varies on humidity level but normally 10-15 minutes to set.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe along with some Christmas Carols and the ones you love!

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  1. If you ever want her recipe, I can get it to you…they continue to be a family tradition down south for us!! I have so many memories of making those cookies and can remember the kitchen being covered with them while we decorated them and let them dry. Sweet memories! Miss you guys and Merry Christmas. Love ya!


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