Looking for a fun, unique holiday treat? These Gingerbread Mickey Cookies will be the darling of your dessert table with their instantly recognizable shape and delicious chocolate shell.
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Growing up, my grandmother always baked gingerbread cookies during the holiday season.
I would walk into her kitchen and see stacks and stacks of un-decorated gingerbread cookies on her counter. Then we’d all gather up with our bowls full of icing and sprinkles and such – snack time and arts-and-crafts time all in one.
These scrumptious Gingerbread Mickey Cookies are every bit as delicious as Grandma’s cookies. They are moist and fluffy in the middle like good homemade gingerbread cookies should be. And they look fantastic – without all the mess.
The Gingerbread Mickey Cookies recipe starts with butter and brown sugar. There’s no need for white sugar because you’ll be adding plenty of sweetness later in the recipe (think: molasses).
I always start with my butter fully softened for this recipe. This helps make the final dough less crumbly and much easier to work with.
Some people think gingerbread cookies are the same thing as molasses cookies.
While they are similar, gingerbread cookies have a unique ginger-and-spice flavor above and beyond the flavor of the molasses. If you haven’t worked with molasses before, be warned: it has a strong smell. But fear not! The smell is really nothing like the flavor. Don’t skip the molasses just because it smells strong.
And speaking of smells, can we talk about how good these cookies smell in the oven? Prepare for the vultures… erhm, I mean, children… to swarm the kitchen. “What’s in the oven?” “Are those for us?” “When will they be ready?” There are not many recipes, even for cookies, that smell quite as good as gingerbread cookies baking.
Once your dough is all mixed up, you might think it’s a little crumbly. Don’t worry about it. It will all come together beautifully when you start working on it.
There a few ways to handle the stickiness of the dough. The easiest way is just to stick the dough in the fridge for a couple of hours (1-2) and let it chill. Another method is to let the dough sit and come to room temperature before working with it. Then, use plenty of flour, dusting both sides as you’re rolling it out to your desired thickness.
In order to avoid cookies that are thin and brittle, don’t roll the dough out too thin. One inch is the perfect thickness to get those soft, fluffy cookies that we all love. This dough is forgiving and can be kneaded and re-rolled and kneaded again multiple times to get to its ideal thickness.
Because that melted chocolate dip is so important to the final taste of the cookies, I only use Ghirardelli for this recipe. It is the best chocolate for baking – and in general. While you could use a microwave to melt in a pinch, a double boiler really is best for melting chocolate in this quantity.
Don’t feel the need to use all your dough now. This Gingerbread Mickey Cookies recipe keeps well in the fridge. That means you can store half the recipe for later, or make the dough a day ahead!
If you are thinking of going store-bought this gingerbread season…. don’t. Compared to this Gingerbread Mickey Cookies recipe, store-bought cookies taste like actual cardboard. Instead, bring the fun of Disney into your home with these wonderful Gingerbread Mickey Cookies.
Even picky eaters – the crazy people who don’t love gingerbread cookies – will be delighted by this simple, elegant, scrumptious Gingerbread Mickey cookies recipe.
Mixer – I really recommend using a standing mixer for this recipe. The dough gets fairly dense, making hand-mixing almost impossible. Plus, with gingerbread mickey cookies, it is important to get a smooth, creamy mixture after each added ingredient. You’ll work your arm off trying to mix by hand! Be careful about doubling the recipe unless you have a really good mixture.
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
- 2/3 cup dark molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 (8-ounce) bags Ghiradelli milk chocolate melting wafers
- 1 container Wilton Holly Melody sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves together until combined; set aside
- Cream butter and brown sugar, in the bowl of a stand-up mixer, on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy.
- Mix in egg and vanilla until incorporated.
- Mix in molasses and beat on medium until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Turn the mixer on low and gradually add flour mixture until combined.
- Lightly flour the countertop. Roll dough out to 1-inch thick. Using a Mickey Mouse Head cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Place on prepared baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for 9-12 minutes. Cool completely on the wire rack
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. When chocolate is melted, dip completely cooled cookies, approximately 1/4 of the way in and covering the ears. Lightly shake the cookies to remove excess chocolate. Placed dipped cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and place two holly sprinkles and 3 red berry sprinkles onto the top right corner. Allow chocolate to completely harden before enjoying.
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- I do highly recommend using a stand mixer.
- Once your dough is all mixed up, you might think it’s a little crumbly. Don’t worry about it. It will all come together beautifully when you start working on it.
- There a few ways to handle the stickiness of the dough:
- The easiest way is just to stick the dough in the fridge for a couple of hours (1-2) and let it chill.
- Another method is to let the dough sit and come to room temperature before working with it. Then, use plenty of flour, dusting both sides as you’re rolling it out to your desired thickness.
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