Nothing quite says Holidays like gingerbread. Unfortunately, making traditional gingerbread men takes a bit of effort and a bit of skill as well. So what are you to do if you’re craving the Holiday’s most delectable and iconic treat but are unwilling to wrestle with traditional dough?
These things are little bites of gingerbread heaven. Pleasantly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice with a hint of molasses in the background. The addition of cranberries adds an unexpected zing, and the lemon sugar glaze ads something crisp and fresh to what could otherwise be a bit heavy. In other words, it’s everything gingerbread should be, but without the effort of wrestling a traditional gingerbread dough.
Look how easy it is to work with!
Rather than the crisp bite of a normal gingerbread cookie, these scones have a light, slightly chewy texture that fully allows the flavors of the spices to come through. They’re dense, but not overwhelmingly so, and the spices are perfect with a cup of chai tea, espresso or Turkish coffee. (More on that later!)
At the end of a quick baking session, you’ll be greeted with 24 pillows of Holiday happiness, just waiting to be kissed by a little glaze.
If you can resist the urge to gobble the batch down in one sitting, you’ve got more willpower than we did. All 24 of these gems were gone within a night. They disappeared, one-by-one, from the basket as the kids walked by. The verdict from all in our family is that these are a new Holiday tradition that will continue for years to come. We hope that it becomes one of yours as well.
What are your Holiday baking traditions? Is it cookies, cakes, fruitcake or Rosca de Reyes? let us know in the comments. We’d love to know what your favorite Holiday treats are!
As always, the recipe is available after the jump, so click through for the yumminess!
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
I think my baking powder was a bit old, so I didn’t get a lot of rise out of these scones. I’m sure yours will come out a little fluffier. Regardless, they were delicious!