It all started with a cookie cutter...

On a trip to Florida last year I visited the IKEA store in Orlando. Of course the only area I was interested in was the kitchen section. While there, one of the many things I purchased was a set of cookie cutters containing a moose cookie cutter as well as a fox, whale, porcupine and squirrel. I knew there had to be a cool cookie that needed this cookie cutter and I would regret not buying it! 

A couple of weeks ago while searching for ideas for Christmas baking I stumbled upon a gingerbread recipe and immediately thought of my moose cookie cutter. The gingerbread would be a perfect moosey brown! And here they are.

Loads of fun to bake and decorate and the wonderful smell that it leaves in your house makes it all worth while! Enjoy!

Basic Gingerbread Mix:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  tsp baking soda
  • 1/2  tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/2 tsp  ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups molasses
  • 1 egg, beaten

Royal Icing

  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp meringue powder
  • 6 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Melt shortening in large saucepan. Cool slightly. Add sugar, molasses and eggs to saucepan; mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Turn mixture onto lightly floured surface. Knead in remaining dry ingredients by hand. Add a little more flour, if necessary, to make the dough firm.

On floured surface, roll out to 1/4 in. thick. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes or until browned around edges.

To make the royal icing, mix all ingredients together and blend on medium to high speed for about 7 minutes. Be sure to cover the icing with a wet cloth until ready to use and while using as it dries rather quickly. Below, I outlined each moose using royal icing tinted brown. Then I made a scarf with white royal icing and added sprinkles before the icing dried. The finishing touches were snowflake sprinkles and a red candy for the eye. 

What do you think?
The gingerbread moose are my favorite!
Justin Gray
"containing a moose cookie cutter as well as a fox, whale, porcupine and squirrel" *facepalm* It's not a whale. It's a snail.
Sandra Fowler

Mom, wife, baker, cook and lover of every cookie cutter and kitchen gadget there is, that's me!