Iced Gingersnaps
 
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Super easy holiday cookies with a big payoff.
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
For the cookies:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour (or just use 4½ cups all-purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup water
For icing and decorating:
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 tube white pearl decorations, or your favorite sprinkle type--but limit it to one if you know what's good for you!
Instructions
  1. Put the sugar, molasses, honey, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until the butter is melted, the sugar is dissolved, and the whole mess bubbles a bit. This should take about 4 minutes, but go in 30 second intervals. You can also do this on the stove over low heat.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, spices, baking soda and salt. Add the sugar mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Add the water and incorporate it.
  3. Refrigerate the dough until it solidifies to a workable consistency - about 1 hour. You can wait just 30 minutes if you're in a rush.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and place them about 2 inches apart on the sheets. Bake 7 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies puff up and are slightly cracked on top. Cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to a rack or serving platter. Cool completely before icing.
  6. To make the icing, drizzle the egg whites into the confectioners' sugar, whisking as you go. You want the icing to be thick but spreadable, so add more sugar as needed.
  7. Spread icing across the top of each gingersnap and sprinkle with the pearls, pressing them in slightly so they stick in the icing. Let the icing dry in a single layer for 1-2 hours before stacking in a nonstick container.
Recipe by Big Girls Small Kitchen at http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/2012/12/pretty-little-iced-gingersnaps.html