NinjaBread Cookies. Not Your Ordinary Gingerbread

Tis the season for baking! I love making gingerbread cookies, they make the kitchen smell amazing. I found a couple ninja shaped cookie cutters while I was out shopping a couple weeks ago so I grabbed them. Who doesn’t love cute cookie cutters?! I was mixing my gingerbread ingredients when it hit me. Instead of making gingerbread cookies Id make Ninjabread cookies. I was all giddy as I ran to my pantry to break out my Ninjabread cutters. Yes, if your wondering – every time I put one on the pan I was like “waayaa!”. The recipe seems like a lot of work but it’s not & it’s totally worth the effort!

Gingerbread Recipe:
Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup unsulfured molasses
1 large egg

Directions:
Position the racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt and pepper through a wire sieve into a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer at high speed, beat the butter and vegetable shortening until well-combined, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and beat until the mixture is light in texture and color, about 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses and egg. Using a wooden spoon, gradually mix in the flour mixture to make a stiff dough. Divide the dough into two thick disks and wrap each disk in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled, about 3 hours. (The dough can be prepared up to 2 days ahead.)

Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle the top of the dough with flour. Roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick. For softer cookies, roll out slightly thicker.

Using cookie cutters, cut out the cookies and transfer to nonstick cookie sheets, placing the cookies 1 inch apart.

Bake until the edges of the cookies are set and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire cake racks to cool completely.

ROYAL ICING:
1 pound (4 1/2 cups) confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons dried egg-white powder
6 tablespoons water

In a medium bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer at low speed, beat the confectioners’ sugar, egg-white powder and water until combined. Increase the speed to high and beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl often, until very stiff, shiny and thick enough to pipe; 3 to 5 minutes.

Fill a pastry bag & cut off a small bit of the tip of the bag. You could also use a coupler & use cake decorating tips. Adorn with your favorite candies. Then wrap in individual gift bags.

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24 Responses to NinjaBread Cookies. Not Your Ordinary Gingerbread

  1. How did you know I needed this? I couldn’t find gingerbread mix in the store. I know…I was gonna be lazy. You’re keepin’ me real! Thank you.
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    • Leslie says:

      Haha! I’ve tried other gingerbread recipes but this one is my favorite! If you make some I want to see! Ha, everything you do is awesome so I know they wouldn’t be ordinary cookies. 🙂

      • And I forgot to mention, but whenever I’d see the Target commercial where they’re making “Ninjabread cookies” I’d think to myself that it would be cool if there really were Ninjabread cookie cutters. So I’m stoked to see that there are! I have to get some because my 7 yo would be so jazzed. I have a skeleton gingerbread cutter for Halloween though. And thanks so much for the compliment – really sweet! You’ve got a deal. If I make ’em I’ll send pics! Yours look excellent. You should pin them.
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        • Leslie says:

          I hadn’t seen the Target commercial yet. I ordered mine online. Dang, I should’ve known Target would get them. Where did you find a skeleton cutter?!? I want one!!

  2. David Ryan says:

    Nice. What a delicious-looking ninjas. LOL
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  3. Your NinjaBread cookies are so cute! What a fun idea!

  4. Okay, I think I *need* a ninja cutter! So cute 😀
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  5. These are such a great idea! My son is really into Lego Ninjago right now, so these cookies would be so fun for him and I to make together. Brilliant! Have pinned! ~Erin
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    • Leslie says:

      That sounds like fun! You can even cut out the shapes & use them as templates if you can’t find any cutters. I got mine from Amazon. If you guys make them too I want to see!

  6. Sarh S says:

    I LOVE these!!! This would be a really cool treat for a little boy to share with his classmates.

    • Leslie says:

      Everyone loved them too. I took some of them to work. I got the cutters on Amazon.com, the kit comes with 4 different cutters. So cute! i’m thinking of doing sugar cookies and actually making them look like ninja’s with the full color outfits. Thanks for stopping by, I hope your having a great day!

  7. LOL! Love these!
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions.
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  8. Traci says:

    These are perfect! I need to get some of these stat. They turned out beautiful.
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    • Leslie says:

      Thanks Traci! I got mine online. The set is 4 little plastic guys. I thought they’d be great for a lot of fun ideas. Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a great holiday!

  9. Catherine says:

    Dear Leslie, I love these! I need to get a ninja cookie cutter. I would love to serve these up at my holiday party…this is my kind of cookie! Stopping by from Marvelous Monday. Happy to have discovered your blog. Have a merry Christmas and happy New Year. Blessings, Catherine
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    • Leslie says:

      Hi Catherine! I loved how they turned out. I made a couple more for a martial arts student for his teachers. I wet iced them all over & made them look like ninja’s. So cute! I hope you & your family have a Merry Christmas & a happy new year as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Bernadyn says:

    Oh wow, I’ve never seen these but now I have to have it! Will have to try this recipe also, looks good. Pinning and stopping by from Turn It Up Tuesday. Sharing on my FB blog page today, too!

  11. Super fun idea! I might have to improvise ninjas with the ordinary cutters that I have!

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