Spice in the Kitchen: Matryoshka Gingerbread Ladies!

Right before Christmas, my daughter begged me to make gingerbread men. While we were cutting them out, I thought, "I bet I could make matryoshka gingerbread cookies!" And I did! No cookie cutter for them so I printed out a nesting doll pattern, cut it out and traced around it in the dough. These were more to play around with than to eat, so I took my time decorating them on a snowy day, adding something here and there. I finally finished the hair and face with melted chocolate. I only had red and white icing on hand, but I appreciate the simplicity of the two-color scheme. They came out somewhat cute, but I think the less decorating, the better they look.

The dough itself was awesome and easy to work with. I only had blackstrap molasses on hand, but it worked just fine. I would definitely use this recipe again.

I used this recipe from VegNews:
Perfect Gingerbread Cookies (vegan--from VegNews)

  • 2-3/4 cups pastry flour (I used All Purpose)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons soymilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
    2. In a bowl, combine pastry flour, baking powder, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together margarine, molasses, and brown sugar together until smooth. Add soymilk and vanilla and whisk thoroughly.
    3. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix with spatula to form a dough. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.
    4. Roll out dough onto a floured board, 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick, depending on desired texture (thinner cookies will be crispier, thicker cookies will be chewier). Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness. Go crazy with frosting and decorations!

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    1. Very cute! Do you make your royal icing or use store bought?

      You are taking your cookie art to a new level! Have you thought of selling these mail order next year?

    2. oh, totally not fit for human consumption, pre-packaged goo.


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