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Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie

Hello cookie lovers! I’m happy to be back with more cookies, sharing this stage with such talented bakers. This year, I made some gingerbread cookie rings for you all.

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie

I’m sure I’m not the lone baker in this cookie party bringing gingerbread. And no wonder. The aroma alone evokes Christmas. But there are so many variations in gingerbread cookies. Soft? Crunchy? Spicy? This recipe is of the crunchy kind. Mildly spicy. Not too sweet. And perfect for building houses and cutting out cookies, because it holds its shape beautifully in the oven.

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie

I chose to make cookie rings for their versatility. Tie a bunch together with a ribbon for gift giving, hang as ornaments, serve on platters, eat out of the oven, whatever… And they kind of look like mod wreaths, I think. Maybe perhaps. Or they could look more like wreaths if that is your thing. Decorate them however you like, with dots, swirls, stripes. I made this sort of swirly twirly ring shape.

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from @Meaghan Mountford on inkatrinaskitchen... #BringtheCOOKIES

Gingerbread Cookie Rings Recipe

Gingerbread cookie rings- perfect for gifting...or eating!

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  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, 1 stick, softened
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • circle cookie cutters
  • parchment paper


  • Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl with a whisk and set aside. In a large bowl with a handheld mixer or in a standing mixer fitted with a flat beater, mix together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Blend in the spices. Blend in the egg, molasses and vanilla extract. Gradually blend in the flour mixture.
  • Wrap the dough and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Roll the chilled dough out on a floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. To make rings, use two different sized circle cookie cutters, sizes 3-inch and 1 1/4 –inch circles used here. Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Let cool completely before decorating.
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Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie

How to Decorate Gingerbread Cookie Rings

you will need:* royal icing white, red and green food coloring 3 disposable decorating bags 3 couplers 3 decorating tips rubber bands white, red and green sprinkles   *For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White, Red Red and Electric Green used here), available online and in specialty stores. Find the decorating bags, couplers, tips and sprinkles in the craft store. For the decorating tips, use sizes 2, 3 or 4, depending on your design and preference.   what to do: Prepare royal icing, divide and tint white, red and green. Prepare three decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with each color, and close tightly with a rubber band. Working with one cookie at a time, pipe your design, then immediately coat with sprinkles of a coordinating color. Turn the cookie over to remove the excess sprinkles. (TIP: Sprinkle each cookie over a small bowl and funnel the excess back in the bottle.) Let the cookies dry several hours or, preferably, overnight before wrapping and packaging.

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie

Thank you to Katrina for having me join the party! Happy baking and happy cookie-eating to you all!

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie

~ meaghan

I'll Bring the COOKIES 2012
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You may have heard me gushing about Meaghan before. She’s just the kind of person I know I will have a blast with when we finally get to meet, but that won’t be anytime soon because she’s busy having a baby (!!) this week. So be sure to stop by her blog the decorated cookie and send your love and well wishes. Before she packed her hospital bags she was thoughtful enough to send along an autographed copy of her book Sugarlicious. Isn’t she just the best? You can connect with Meaghan on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Some more cookies from Meaghan that you may want to put on your holiday baking list:

Bite Sized Holiday Cookies in a Jar

The FAMOUS Mr. Melty

Assemble Your Own Cookie Snowman Gift

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