Image from Tasha Tudor’s Website. You can learn more about her and her art here.
I discovered this recipe from Tasha Tudor’s Christmas Book, Take Joy a long time ago. It is by far the best recipe for having cement like, but amazingly fragrant ( I have a secret for this) Early American style Gingerbread ornaments.
I have altered the recipe a bit, but not too much.
- all-purpose flour (she suggests unbleached)-6 cups
- unsalted butter (2 cups, softened)
- ginger-1 1/2 tablespoons
- salt- 2 1/2 teaspoons
- cinnamon- 3 tablespoons (she suggests 1 teaspoon)
- 3 eggs- well-beaten
- baking soda – 1 1/2 teaspoons
- molasses-1 1/2 cups
- dark brown sugar-1 cup
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and add the eggs, brown sugar, and molasses. Sift together the dry ingredients and add them to the butter mixture. Mix thoroughly and chill for about 6 hours, overnight is fine too. Roll out on a floured slab.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet.
Cut out your ornaments as thick or thin as you’d like and bake for approx. 9 minutes. Keep a watchful eye. The smell of your kitchen will be amazing!!!
Let cool. I like to add cinnamon essential oil to mine to make them smell strong. These will last you for several years! Keep creating and add to your traditions!