Iced Ginger Stars are crisp and gingery, with just a touch of sweetness. They make the perfect dunking cookie and can be used for edible Christmas ornaments. Place a bean at the top of the cutout star prior to placing in the oven and remove after baking while cookie is still warm. This creates a perfect hole to thread a brightly colored ribbon through for hanging on the tree
- 5 Cups All Purpose Flour, plus a little extra, if the mixture is sticky
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
- 1 cup dark corn syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsps hot water
- 2 tsps lemon juice
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- colored dye
- Mix flour, soda, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until light in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Beat in the corn syrup, eggs, hot water, and lemon juice until well blended.
- Using a wooden spoon, gradually work in the flour mixture until a firm dough has formed. If the mixture feels too sticky to handle easily, add a little more flour.
- Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and wrap in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or until well chilled and firm.
- Butter baking sheets and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin and roll out 1 of the pieces of dough until it is 1/8 inch thick. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars and place on buttered baking sheet.
- These cookies will spread a bit so be sure to space them out at least 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.
- If using for ornaments, place bean at top of star, remove after baking while cookies are still warm.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, cool for a few minutes then move to wire rack to cool completely before glazing.
- Continue to roll, bake, and cool the remaining dough in the same way until all cookies have been baked and cooled.
- Beat the sugar and egg white together in mixing bowl. Stir in the vanilla extract. If color is desired, divide glace into separate bowls and add desired color.
- Drizzle the frosting over the cookies, or pipe frosting using frosting bag and #2 frosting tip.
- Store bought, ready made icing can be used in place of the glace if desired.
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