President’s Choice Gingerbread Cookie Mix is a bit of a mystery. I can not find it in their holiday Insider’s Report and did not see the cookie cutters or the mix at the store. I was a little wary of making them but I am so glad I persevered. I just hope they are still available for others to enjoy!
In the box you get a baking mix. How they managed to get fancy molasses in a dry mix I have no idea.
Lucky for me they also included in my holiday package a gingerbread man cookie cutter and stencil kit. Hand decorating them individually was kind of out of the question right now. So many products to review!
I was immediately nervous when I saw that you are supposed to add softened butter, eggs and water to the mix and stir vigorously until the dough holds together.
Um, yes, this did not happen. I added a little more water because it is so dry here right now.
And I got out my hand mixer which helped a little.
In the end I had to blend with my hands like the box said. In my case, it was “necessary.”
I decided to try rolling the dough between sheets of wax paper, one of the options for making the cookies.
I used the gingerbread cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. I had to re-roll the dough a lot to make sure none of the dough was wasted.
I baked on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 350F for 12 minutes.
There is nothing worse than burned gingerbread cookies and mine were pretty perfect. I let them cool completely.
I did wonder how these stencils would work? You put them on top and then sprinkled with icing sugar.
I was so impressed with how cute they looked! The question was… Would that pattern stay and how did the cookies taste?
Reg took a bunch to work and the patterns stayed on. Which was very impressive. Such an easy way to add detail to a gingerbread cookie with minimal work and they still look super-cute… Fantastic!
I did not like how challenging putting the dough together was and the recipe said it makes 30 x 2 1″2 cookies but I only got 16. Taste-wise? They were quite good. Reg said he had never had a gingerbread man like them. When he thought about it, he realized it was because every one he had ever had was slightly burned. Oh the power of making food in your own oven! I always take cookies out earlier rather than later for that reason.
At 1/4″ thick, these were crunchy on the outside and softer on the inside. To make them crunchier, just roll them out thinner (watch they don’t burn!) and softer? That’s right. Roll them out thicker.
Considering it has been an extra challenging holiday season for me this year, I probably would not have made anything this festive without President’s Choice Gingerbread Cookie Mix. Much easier than from scratch, this is a baking mix I understand. I give this product four and a half out of five wooden spoons.