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Ginger Puzzle Piece Cookies

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Makes:4 puzzles

Try this fun new twist on an old classic with your kids. They’ll love helping to piece together these delightfully delicious gingerbread cookies.



1 cup 250 mL butter, softened
1 cup 250 mL golden yellow sugar
1 egg
1 tsp 5 mL vanilla extract
2 cups 500 mL Robin Hood® Original All Purpose Flour
½ tsp 2 mL baking powder
2 tsp 10 mL ginger
¾ tsp 3 mL cinnamon
½ tsp 2 mL cardamom
¼ tsp 1 mL nutmeg
¼ tsp 1 mL salt

Icing and paint

2 cups 500 mL icing sugar, sifted
¼ cup 50 mL water
Assorted food colouring
Coloured sugars
Assorted small candies


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cookies: Cream, in a large bowl of an electric mixer, butter and sugar until well combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add remaining dry ingredients and beat into butter mixture just until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for 1 hour for easy rolling.
  3. Tip

    For this recipe you’ll need to use a few different bowls. Have your kids look at the different sizes of your bowls and guess which ones might be right for each job.


    Let your kids use a rubber scraper to get every last bit of dough out of the bowl.

  4. Line two 15” x 10” (40 cm x 25 cm) baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into 4 pieces (puzzle boards). Roll each piece to form a rectangle ¼” (5 mm) thick, about 5” x 7” (13 x 18 cm) each.
  5. Tip

    Try making gingerbread men with your kids. Roll the dough to ⅛“ thickness, cut out your shapes and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. You could even make a family portrait!

  6. Transfer your puzzle boards to prepared baking sheets. Using cookie cutters, cut puzzle piece shapes into dough, allowing at least 1” (5 cm) between each shape. Cut through dough, but do not remove shapes.
  7. Tip

    Try this recipe around the holidays and have your kids make homemade ornaments. With the blunt end of wooden skewer, poke holes through the tops of the dough, then bake. While they’re still hot, carefully twist the skewer through the existing holes to enlarge them. Let the cookies cool completely, decorate them, thread some ribbon through holes and hang them on the tree!

  8. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or until edges start to lightly brown. Remove from oven and retrace shapes with knife. Return to oven for 7 to 8 minutes. Cool on pan 10 minutes. Carefully remove puzzles to wire racks. Cool completely, 15 minutes.
  9. Icing & paint: Combine, in a medium bowl, icing sugar with water. To make fancy colours, divide into small containers. Add a different food colouring to each bowl. Decorate shapes with coloured icings, sugars and small candies. Put the puzzle back together.
  10. Tip

    Your kids will have a ball painting and decorating the cookies. Take one cup of Carnation® Evaporated Milk and add a few drops of food colouring. Presto! You have a homemade, edible paint that they can use before or after the cookies bake.

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