Celebrate Krampusnacht with these Killer Krampus Gingerbread Cookies!
Gingerbread cookies always make an appearance on my holiday cookie platters. But after making ginger-dead men several years in a row, I wanted to try something a little different. So this year, I decided to make the killer gingerbread men from Krampus.
You can absolutely use storebought dough to make these Krampus Gingerbread Cookies, but I’m sharing my coveted recipe for my favorite gingerbread dough. The cookies are crisp on the edges, while remaining slightly soft and chewy on the inside.
The cookies in the film are proportioned slightly different than any of the gingerbread cutters that I own – their head is extremely large. So to make these Krampus Gingerbread Cookies look similar to the cookies in the film, I made my own cookie cutter out of heavy-duty foil, but standard cookie cutters will work just fine. Click here to learn how to make your own DIY cookie cutters out of heavy-duty foil & to download the template for making your own Krampus Gingerbread Cookies! This technique has gotten me out of a bind several times in the past, when I’ve received custom cookie orders in a shape that I didn’t have a certain cutter for.
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Krampus Gingerbread Cookies
What You Need:
- 3/4 Cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 2/3 Cup molasses
- 2/3 Cup salted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 3 1/2 Cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
- Baking sheet
- Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat
- Cookie Cutter
- Fondant sculpting tools
- Large wooden skewers
- One batch of cookie icing
- Candy canes
- Gel food coloring (green, pink, red)
- Pastry bags
- Decorating Tips
What To Do:
In the bowl of stand mixer, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth. Then add the brown sugar and molasses and beat on medium high speed until combined.
Next, add in the egg and vanilla, and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula, as needed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and spices. Turn the mixer to low speed, and slowly add the dry mix into the wet until combined.
Divide the dough in half and wrap each piece with plastic wrap. Pat down into a disc shape, and chill in the icebox for at least 3 hours, but overnight is preferred.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Remove 1 disc of chilled cookie dough from the icebox. Generously flour your work surface, your hands and the rolling pin – this dough can get sticky! Roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thick.
Cut out the cookies, and place onto prepared baking sheets. I used a decorating tip to cut bite-marks out of a few of them. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes.
Once the cookies are baked, use a large skewer to curl up some of their hands. Use a butter knife or fondant sculpting tool to add their sinister eyebrows. It’s important to do this while the cookies are hot. Allow them to cool for at least 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Once completely cool, decorate with icing and candy canes. Allow the icing to completely dry before serving.
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