As I mentioned in another post, I found a Christmas cookie cutter set with a Santa hat that looked eerily similar to… the Hogwarts Sorting Hat!
Gingerbread Sorting Hat Cookies
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda*
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon*
- 3/4 tsp ginger*
- 1/2 tsp allspice*
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves*
- 1/2 teaspoon salt*
- 1/4 tsp black pepper*
- 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco), room temperature
- 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 2/3 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- chocolate melts (I used milk chocolate) for decoration
- cookie cutters (Santa Hat; I got mine in a 3-pack at Target for $3.)
- First, arrange your oven racks so that you have one rack in the top third and one rack in the bottom third.
- Sift the flour and spices* into a medium-size container. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the room temperature butter and vegetable shortening until well combined, about 1 minute.
- Add the brown sugar and beat until combined, about 2 minutes.
- Add the molasses and egg and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides as needed.
- Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet. (Original recipe said to use a wooden spoon, but I just beat it in the stand mixer.)
- Divide the dough, wrap tightly in wax paper or cling wrap, and refrigerate 3-48 hours! Do not skip this step.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll cookie dough out on a floured surface to about 1/8″ thick. (For softer cookies, go to about 1/4-1/3″.)
- Cut cookies and transfer to a parchment-lined cookie sheet, keeping 1″ between cookies. (I did only 6 cookies per batch, because of their size.)
- Place cookie sheet on top oven rack, bake 4-5 minutes.
- Rotate the pan 180 degrees and place on the lower oven rack, bake 4-5 minutes.
- Let cookies set on the sheet 2-5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
When the cookies are cool, melt your melting chocolates (or make royal icing, whatever decorations you prefer!). I used Milk Chocolate melts with a no.3 tip, but black or a dark cocoa would have worked, too, as far as colors go.
I hope you enjoy and make some cookies of your own!