Recipes and Cooking Santa-Size Gingerbread Cookies By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on November 8, 2012 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Prep Time: 30 mins Chill Time: 1 hrs Bake Time: 15 mins Cool Time: 10 mins Total Time: 30 mins Yield: 9 cookies Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour 2 ½ teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg Dash ground cloves ¾ cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar ½ cup mild-flavor molasses 1 egg Powdered Sugar Icing 1 cup powdered sugar ¼ teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon milk Directions In a medium bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and molasses. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg until combined. Gradually beat in flour mixture until combined. Cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll 1/3-cup portions of dough into balls. Place four or five balls 4 inches apart on each cookie sheet. Flatten balls slightly. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges of cookies are set. Do not overbake. Cool on cookie sheets for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. Spread cookies with Powdered Sugar Icing. Let stand until icing is set. Powdered Sugar Icing In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches spreading consistency. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 471 Calories 16g Fat 78g Carbs 5g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Calories 471 % Daily Value * Total Fat 16g 21% Saturated Fat 10g 50% Cholesterol 64mg 21% Sodium 541mg 24% Total Carbohydrate 78g 28% Total Sugars 47g Protein 5g Calcium 80.8mg 6% Iron 2.9mg 16% Potassium 354mg 8% Folate, total 68.5mcg Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg Vitamin B-6 0.2mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.