Gingerbread cookies of all kinds – from cut out gingerbread men to crisp gingersnaps – are a staple in my home during the holidays. Their warm spices are incredibly satisfying on a cold night and they pair perfectly with everything from eggnog to hot chocolate. This year, Betty Crocker released a Limited Edition Gingerbread Cookie Mix as an easy option for anyone who wants to get those cookies made a little bit more quickly.
The mix itself has a short ingredient list, with molasses powder, cinnamon and spices playing prominent rolls. Once you open the package of the mix, you’ll need to add butter, water and an egg to it. Everything should be mixed together in one bowl, so make sure your butter is very soft before adding it in, or you might have a little difficulty incorporating it. There are two recipe options on the package, one for gingersnaps and one for cutout cookies. The gingersnaps are drop cookies that are rolled in sugar, while the cutouts can be rolled out before cutting into individual cookies. I tried both options.
Both types of cookies were delicious. The mix tasted very much like homemade cookies, with strong molasses, cinnamon and ginger flavors that really hit the mark of what I look for in gingerbread. They were soft and slightly chewy, though a longer baking time resulted in a crispier cookie. For the gingersnaps, I shaped the dough into 1-inch balls and rolled them in sugar. They developed a crisp outer edge and remained tender in the center. For the gingerbread men, I rolled out the dough on a floured work space without chilling it to see how it handed. The dough was easy to work with, but my cutouts spread slightly. If you want to roll this out, I recommend chilling the dough for at least 30 minutes to make it a little easier to handle and to minimize the spread of your cutouts.
Overall, this is a great mix and it is worth trying – especially if you don’t regularly make gingersnap cookies from scratch. If you’re looking for an easy gift idea, pair this with a spatula set and some cute holiday cookie cutters for a fun host/hostess gift that is ideal for the season!