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For a fun little spin on traditional gingerbread cookies, try this recipe for button cookies!

Sometime over the past year, I saw button cookies made out of sugar cookie dough and tucked the idea away for a cute Christmas cookie. Once Christmas rolled around, it only made sense that my button cookies should be Gingerbread Button Cookies!

While not gingersnappy-crisp, these adorable little button cookies are slightly crisp on the edge, though still soft in the middle. The combination of molasses and dark-brown sugar gives them that perfect ‘tooth’.

The dough needs to be chilled for a bit, so it’s a great recipe to mix up and then refrigerate until you have time to roll them out.

After I made all these Gingerbread Button Cookies, I wish I had made them 4-holed instead of 2-holed. I think they’d be more ‘buttony’ that way. Just a thought.

Gingerbread Button Cookies on a tray and tied up with red and white baker's string.

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You will need round cookie cutters in at least one size for these button cookies. Theoretically, you might be able to stamp the inner circle with a thin-rimmed glass (like a wine glass). I went ahead and purchased this set of 5 round sizes because I am going to master biscuits this year (she says, with emphasis) and so need a good biscuit cutter anyway. I used the 2.5″ and the 1.7″ cookie cutters.

Use two different size round cookie cutters to make these button cookies.

And if you are giving these Gingerbread Button Cookies as a gift or taking them to a cookie swap, consider threading a stack of the buttons together with a piece of baker’s twine. I just can’t get over how darling they are when threaded up!

Button Cookies

Button Cookies

Yield: 5 dozen, 2 1/2-inch cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 46 minutes

These Crisp Gingerbread Button Cookies are not only very tasty, soft in the middle and barely crisp on the edges, but DANG...they are cute!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 2 sizes of round cookie cutters, I used the 2.5" and 1.8" cookie cutters.
  • Plastic straw

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  2. In the stand mixer bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
  3. Mix in spices, salt, and orange zest. Then eggs and molasses.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture at low speed.
  5. Divide dough into five equal pieces and form each into a flat log.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper and chill for at least 1 hour. If you will be chilling for longer than 1 hour, place your logs into a ziplock bag or airtight container.
  7. Remove one log from the refrigerator and place it on a Silpat or parchment paper on your work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/8" maximum thickness; the thinner they are, the crispier they will be. I roll my log on either the Silpat or parchment paper on which I will be baking the cookies. Lay a piece of parchment paper over the dough before you start rolling.
  8. Using the larger cookie cutter, stamp out as many circles as possible, but don't try to remove the excess dough. It's easier to do that once the dough is chilled again.
  9. To mark the inner circle, center your smaller round cookie cutter in the center of each cookie. Tamp down on the smaller cookie cutter just enough to leave a mark, but not enough to cut all the way through.
  10. Put the parchment or Silpat with your stamped dough on a baking tray and slide it into the refrigerator for 15 minutes. (I found a rhythm of rolling out the next log of dough while the previous one was in the fridge for the 15 minutes chill.)
  11. Preheat the oven to 350°
  12. Remove from the refrigerator, and using your straw, poke a two or four buttonhole pattern in the center of the cookies. The little hole plug comes out easiest if the dough is cold and you twist the straw a few times before you pull it out.
  13. Once done with the holes, quickly peel away the dough scraps and space the cookies at least an inch apart from each other. All this is done best with the cool dough. (Refrigerate the dough scraps...I combined mine and rolled them out again, with no obvious deterioration in the cookie taste or texture)
  14. Keep the cookies on a Silpat or parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  15. Once your button holes are punched and the cookies are sufficiently spaced, pop them in the oven for 11 minutes, until crisp but not darkened.
  16. Let sit for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  17. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

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Gingerbread Button Cookies laying on a tray and a stack of button cookies threaded with baker's twine.

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