Nothing says Christmas quite like gingerbread. And what’s more fun than ninja cookies? Put them together and you have an adorably fun cookie to make the holiday special!
I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner! Have you all started your Christmas shopping yet? I’ve been so busy I’ve lost track of time, and I haven’t even begun to buy any gifts! With all the things still left to do, I can’t forget the most important part of the holidays: the food! And cookies are my favorite thing to make for the Christmas festivities!
I don’t bake often, so I look forward to the holidays since it’s my chance to bake all the sweets I’ve been wanting to make all year long. Cookies aren’t usually my thing, as you can tell by my messy frosting skills, but frosting cookies with family is a really fun way to spend time together. When I was little I always looked forward to frosting my grandmother’s special sugar cookies with my cousins, sitting around her kitchen table with our spoons in the frosting, sprinkles everywhere… It was a great tradition that I want to keep going! And how better to make it extra special than by decorating ninjas?!
I hope these cookies will help get you in the holiday spirit, and maybe these cookies will become a tradition in your home too!
Recipe – Ninjabread Men:
– Combine the butter, sugars, egg, and beat on medium-high speed for about 3 minutes until creamy. Add the molasses, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and beat another 1 minute.
– Scrape the dough from the bowl, roll into a ball, then place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours till firm and fully chilled. Soft, mushy dough isn’t as easy to work with and harder to keep it’s shape when cutting. When chilled, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and use the cookie cutters to cut cookies out of the dough. Once cut, place cookies onto a plate and keep in the fridge until ready to bake.
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets or spray with cooking oil. Place cookies on baking sheets, spaced 2 inches apart. Bake for about 11-13 minutes until just browned. Remove from tray and place on rack to cool.
– Add food coloring, then once the cookies are fully cooled, frost them! Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.