Foodie Friday: Gingerbread

Happy Foodie Friday Folks!  Since Christmas is just a few days away, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite seasonal treats, and Disney does it just right!  It’s possibly the most famous of the holiday cookies…

Gingerbread

Now, gingerbread is available pretty much year round in the candy shops at WDW.  But at Christmas time it seems like a particularly well-chosen snack!  I love the little gingerbread boys topped with Mickey ears and dipped in chocolate you’ll find around property.  More traditional gingerbread men can be found at the Sugar and Spice Bakery at Epcot’s American Adventure during Holidays Around the World.

The Gingerbread House in the Grand Floridian Resort

This thing is amazing – Photo by Samantha Decker

If cookies aren’t your thing, but the sweet smell of gingerbread is calling your name, try it in another form!  Gingerbread Lattes are available at Starbucks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Downtown Disney), or head to any Joffrey’s Coffee kiosk for a Gingerbread White Mocha Latte.  Or, since you’re on vacation – indulge in a gingerbread ice cream at L’artisan des Glaces!

Of course, the resorts are really the place to be during the holidays if you’re a gingerbread fan!  A Frozen display at the Contemporary Resort, a Victorian cottage at the Grand Floridian, a carousel at the Beach Club, a vintage train display at the Yacht Club, and a concession stand at the BoardWalk Inn are all MADE OF GINGERBREAD!  Plus, you can buy all sorts of gingerbread sweets at these locations!

Gingerbread display at Walt Disney World

Christmas at Disney World gingerbread display

One of the most famous gingerbread traditions at WDW is the gingerbread shingles you can get at the resorts that participate in the gingerbread displays!  So if you can’t make it to WDW to pick up one of these festive treats, make some at home with this recipe!

Gingerbread men at the resorts! Photo by Aunesty Janssen.

Gingerbread men at the resorts! Photo by Aunesty Janssen.

 

Ingredients

6 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup butter

1 cup dark brown sugar

4 tsp each ground ginger, ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp finely ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp table salt

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup molasses

 

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder together, set aside in a bowl.

In a second bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy, then mix in ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, and salt.  Beat in the eggs and molasses until well incorporated.

Now, slowly mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture, by hand with a wooden spoon or with a mixer on low.  Once thoroughly combined, divide the dough into thirds, shape into discs, cover in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for 60-90 minutes.

Once cooled, take out the discs and roll each out onto a floured surface until about 1/8” thick.  If you have a single shaped cookie cutter, this is the time to use it!  If not, use a paring knife to cut a series of rectangles in the dough, about 2”x4” – then use the knife to round off one end so that it looks like a shingle!

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and chill again for 15 minutes (this helps the dough to not expand too much while baking).  Bake for 15 minutes (the gingerbread should be firm in the center, and smell delicious!).

And if sweets aren’t your thing, be on the lookout for the gingerbread men in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade – you can’t help but love them!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Gingerbread during the holidays at WDW?

 

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