You *might* know by now that the Gingerbread cookie at Disneyland is a favorite among us at Babes in Disneyland, so I cannot tell you how ridiculously PUMPED I was to find the recipe for it – it may have made my holiday season! The soft, thick, chewiness of this gingerbread is to die for. There’s still plenty of time to whip up a batch of these by Christmas Eve – give it a go!
Disneyland’s Gingerbread Recipe
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup “fancy” dark molasses *make sure it doesn’t say cooking, blackstrap, unsulphured, or lite
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1/2 cup water
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar.
- Add dark molasses and mix until completely blended.
- Sift the dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture, 1/3 at a time, alternating with the water.
- Blend well.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour, or up to a few days.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
- Use a floured rolling pin to roll out dough on a floured surface, about 1/8-1/4th inch thick. (Don’t be afraid to use plenty of flour.)
- Cut into desired shapes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Optional: Decorate with Royal Icing when completely cooled.
Royal Icing Ingredients:
- 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
- 2 egg whites
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Royal Icing Directions: (I did not test this.)
- Add cream of tartar to egg whites in a chilled mixing bowl.
- Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until white peaks form. Reduce speed and gradually add sifted powdered sugar. Continue to whip the frosting until a smooth spreadable consistency is reached.
- Optional: Separate frosting into small bowls and add food coloring. Spoon frosting into cake decorating bags or plastic baggies with a corner cut off, and decorate cookies. The frosting will harden when dry.
- To make the Mickeys (or men-with-Mickey-ears), I lightly pressed with my “man” cookie cutter, and used a small knife to “draw” the ears on and then used it to cut the whole thing out. It was time consuming, I only made three. 😉
Instead of doing frosting (to save time, and because I’m not a very good artist), I put m&m’s on the men about halfway through baking. On the Mickey’s, I melted a few chocolate chips and spread the chocolate on their Mickey ears to mimic the gingerbread you can find in the Parks during the regular season.
This was a great activity to do with my 4 year old, I gave him a hunk of dough and let him go to town rolling and cutting out shapes – he loved it!
Outcome & Opinion
I hope you have a chance to try out this simple and oh-so-gingerbread recipe! If you do, share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or tag us on Instagram, with #BabesInDisneyland! To see some of the other Disneyland recipes we’ve tried, or “Disney at Home” ideas – click here!