You know what smells absolutely heavenly this time of year? The smell of freshly baked gingerbread coming out of the oven. It’s such a warm and sweet aroma, and nothing says Christmas is almost here like a fresh batch of gingerbread cookies! These White Chocolate Drizzled Gingerbread Stars are rich and crisp, with just a smidge of softness tucked away in the middle. Go ahead and grab yourself a glass of milk before you continue scrolling. You’re going to want to hang onto this recipe!
My church family has partnered with a ministry in Kentucky that ministers to the children and family members of prison inmates. The goal is to host a Christmas party where the inmates that are currently enrolled in a jail ministry can see and interact with their children while they enjoy food, fellowship and games that all of the children can enjoy. For many of the inmates, this is the only time of year that they are able to physically interact with their children, and it is such a special time for everyone. These inmates and their children were heavy on my mind as I baked these gingerbread stars, and I will soon be packing them up to send to Kentucky with our mission team so that they can enjoy them.
I pray that they all see these stars and are reminded of the Star of Hope that Jesus is to our lost world. That it reminds them that God loves them despite their circumstances and the things they’ve done. These are the types of things that are important during this Christmas season, and I count it as joy that I can have a small hand in it. Food is a universal love language and truly has a special way of touching people, and it’s such a blessing to me to be able to bake for others!
Having a good gingerbread recipe on hand for Christmas is a must – it’s the perfect dough for little hands to help work with, and it doesn’t spread on the baking sheet at all. The shape you cut out is exactly the shape you’ll get! Here’s a free printable copy of my recipe if you’d like to give it a try:
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup blackstrap molasses
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- White almond bark for drizzle
- Using a stand or hand mixer, beat brown sugar, egg, molasses and butter until smooth
- Add in flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt and beat on low speed until combined
- Cover dough and chill for 1 hour
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and lightly dust counter top with flour
- Roll dough out onto counter and roll with rolling pin until dough is roughly ¼ inches thick
- Use a star shaped cookie cutter and cut out cookies. Gently peel away remaining dough and transfer cookies to baking sheet
- Bake for 12 minutes and remove from oven, allow to cool briefly on pan
- Transfer to wire rack to finish cooling and repeat process until there is no remaining dough
- Once all cookies have cooled, break off about 4 squares of white almond bark and melt in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until thoroughly melted
- Transfer melted chocolate into ziploc bag and snip the very tip off of the corner of bag
- Drizzle desired amount of chocolate onto cookies and allow to dry
I chose to cut these out in star shapes, but feel free to use any cookie cuter shape you like! For a pop of color, you can sprinkle some Christmas sprinkles on top to give them a little extra Christmas cheer!
If you love this recipe, you’ll love these other great Christmas cookies found right here on Southern Made Simple!
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