OPI Eats: Bake Spirits Bright with Gingerbread Cookies for the Holidays

OPI Eats: Bake Spirits Bright with Gingerbread Cookies for the Holidays
  • OPI Eats: Bake Spirits Bright with Gingerbread Cookies for the Holidays

    If you’re like us, you’ve been ready for colder temperatures and warmer beverages since the beginning of November. These delectable bites of seasonal goodness are just things you need to get into the holiday spirit. Pair them with shades from our latest OPI Holiday Shine Bright Collection for an added dose of holiday cheer.

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    What You’ll Need:

    Cookies: (Makes about 36 cookies)
    1 C Butter
    1 C Light Brown Sugar
    1 Large Egg
    1 C Molasses
    1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
    2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
    5 C Flour
    1 Tsp Baking Soda
    ½ Tsp Salt
    1 Tbs Ground Ginger
    1 Tbs Ground Cinnamon
    ½ Tsp Ground Allspice
    ½ Tsp Ground Cloves
    ¼ Tsp Ground Nutmeg

    Icing: (Makes enough icing to ice all cookies)
    6 Tbs Water
    2 ⅔ C Powdered Sugar

    Instructions:

    Cookies:
    1. Add the sugar and butter into a large bowl. Use an electric mixer and beat on medium to high speed just until combined.
    2. Add the wet ingredients to the mixing bowl, and continue to combine.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and spices.
    4. Add the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl working in batches until fully combined.
    5. Time to Chill: Be sure to chill your dough for at least 3 hours to allow it to rest.
    6. Pro Tip: Grab some festive nail polish shades and turn on your fave holiday movie to help pass the time.
    7. When your dough has fully chilled, preheat the oven to 350 F.
    8. If making cookies using a cookie cutter, roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick using a rolling pin and extra flour to keep everything from sticking. If making cookies into traditional round shapes, create 1 inch balls of dough.
    8. Space cookie shapes or balls of dough about 1 inch apart onto a baking sheet, and place into the oven to bake.
    9. Pro Tip: Traditional gingerbread cookies like these don’t rise or fall much, so if making cookies using dough balls, you’ll want to bake them about halfway, then flatten them with a spatula, and continue baking the remainder of the time.
    10. Bake for 12-15 minutes in a traditional oven, but be sure to keep an eye on them while they cook! Over-baking will result in tough gingerbread, rather than a softer sweet treat.

    Icing:

    1. Be sure to allow cookies to fully cool on a cooling rack before frosting.
    2. Grab a large mixing bowl and add the powdered sugar, if using an electric mixer start at a slow speed.
    3. Add each tablespoon slowly to the powdered sugar until all of it has combined and you’ve reached your desired consistency. Pro Tip: Icing will be slightly runny inconsistency, but it stiffens up as it dries.

    1. OPI Eats Gingerbread

      Top each cookie with icing by filling a piping bag and using a very thin detailer top. You can also use a plastic zip top bag and cut a small hole into one of the corners to get the same effect. Add smiles and buttons to each gingerbread shape, or get creative and add snowflakes and other designs as you prefer.

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