Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gingerbread Donut Cookies

I love this time of year, because everyone wants to bake and then share their baked goods. Maybe its part of their holiday traditions, maybe its just because it's cold and no one is leaving their apartments. I don't ask a lot of questions, I just eat the cookies.

I love gingerbread cookies, but they often just get the same traditional icing, and anytime I try it, instead of a jolly cookie man, my decorating skills always end up instead creating something that more closely resembles the lovechild of Samara and Frankenstein. When I went to Target to buy cookie supplies, I also picked up this lipgloss in the dollar section, and all the sugary stars aligned. 

For this "recipe", you will need:
Betty Crocker Gingerbread Mix (which calls for one stick of butter and one egg)
Any kind of white frosting (you need about 8oz to cover the cookie yield from the mix)
Red food dye

I definitely do not make my own cookie mixes, even if those of you that bake insist that they are "easy, I swear." 1.) I don't believe you, and 2.) This project originally didn't start as being for the blog, but just because I wanted cookies, so innovation wasn't at the top of my list as much as "How quickly can I start shoveling cookies into my mouth?

Mix the cookie recipe according to the package. Once combined, form balls about the size of a golf ball. (Warning: this is where the recipe gets real trashy.) Next, take a clean bottle or bottle cap and push it through the ball, flattening it and creating a hole.  

(I forgot to take pictures before I baked them, but here is a re-enactment on the baked cookie. I used a tiny bottle of wine, and the cap.) You can use a tiny cookie cutter if you have one, but I'm much more likely to have tiny bottles of wine on hand. 

When the cookies come out of the oven, the hole you cut may be closing up from the dough spreading while it cooks. I took the wine bottle and just pressed it into the cookies to recut the hole. The cookie pops right out and cools in the donut shape. (Sorry for these shitty pictures, this is what happens when you start baking at 10pm and use your iPhone.)

Mix together one cup of frosting with five drops of red gel coloring. When the cookies are cool, frost and sprinkle! 

It's all the same elements of classic gingerbread men cookies, just decorated pinker and cuter. 



  1. these are brilliant. and beautiful. and everything.

    lily on fillmore

  2. I'm making these for a Christmas party tonight, and since I don't care about eating them quickly, I went to the trouble of buying all the from-scratch ingredients, royal icing included. It took me about 1 hour and 3 different stops, so your decision to use a mix was spot-on.


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