5 Classic Christmas Desserts

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread creations of all shapes and sizes can be found decking the halls around the holidays. Here is a recipe for delicious gingerbread that can be made into cookies or even a festive gingerbread house.


  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius)
  • In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, shortening and corn syrup and heat on medium. Stir constantly until shortening is melted completely.
  • Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and then pour in the sugar mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are blended. The dough should have a crumbly texture, but still hold together.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it's about 1/8" thick.
  • Cut out cookies with cutters of your desired shapes, and place on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil
  • Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Decorate and eat.

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