There's only one thing better than a gingerbread cookie
during Christmas and that's a Gingerbread Mickey!
Make your own this holiday season
following this easy recipe.
Disneyland & Disney World's Gingerbread Recipe
*yield 3 dozen cookies
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup water
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add dark molasses and mix until completely blended. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture, 1/3 at a time, alternating with the the water. Blend well.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets (or line with parchment paper). Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Decorate with Royal Icing (recipe follows) when completely cooled.
Royal Icing (for gingerbread Mickeys, men and houses)
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 egg whites
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Add cream of tartar to egg whites in a chilled mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until white peaks form. Reduce speed and gradually add sifted powdered sugar. Continue to whip the frosting until a smooth, spreadable consistency is reached.
Separate frosting into small bowls and add food coloring (if desired). Spoon into cake decorating bags (or freezer bags with the corner tip cut off) and decorate cookies. The frosting will harden when dry.
*Tip: Make sure all utensils are free of grease and oil and egg whites do not have any yolk in them. The egg whites will not whip if any oil or yolk is present.