Narwhal Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

These gingerbread cutout cookies are a nostalgic holiday Christmas cookie in honor of that Christmas movie classic, Elf. Buddy the Elf would approve!

Narwhal Gingerbread Cutout Cookies | A Couple Cooks

Alex and I met in college, and at the time our tastes weren’t the most sophisticated. Read: lots of Austin Powers, Zoolander, and dorm McDonalds. One movie, though, fit our college sensibilities and remains a classic to this day: Elf. The classic Christmas movvie starring Will Farrell as Buddy the Elf came out in 2003 during our college careers. What’s made it evergreen today, we don’t know. Whatever the case, we’ve heard people of all ages reciting the lines: “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” “A Christmasgram? I want one!”

Narwhal Gingerbread Cutout Cookies | A Couple Cooks

What’s a narwhal?

In honor of Elf, we’ve created super nostalgic, throw-back-to-2003 Christmas cookies. Yes, narwhal cookies. What’s a narwhal, you ask? When my sister gifted our toddler son Larson a stuffed narwhal over Thanksgiving, my parents asked the same question. And we realized then that most of what we know about narwhals we know from Elf. A narwhal is an arctic whale with a large tusk, which can grow up to 10 feet long. It appears in this classic narwhal scene from Elf where the narwhal bids Buddy goodbye as he travels from the North Pole to New York City to find his dad.

How to make these gingerbread cutout cookies

Here, we’ve recreated the classic narwhal scene using gingerbread cutout cookies and sugar. And what’s more festive than that? We’ve used our soft gingerbread cookie dough as the base. They’re our favorite gingerbread cutout cookies that incorporate a “healthy-ish” take using almond butter, applesauce, whole wheat flour, and lots of spices. To decorate, we’ve dusted the narwhal cookies in powdered sugar, then covered the tusks with edible glitter. Since holidays are all about nostalgia, these narwhal gingerbread cutout cookies are our top pick.

Let us know if you’re dying to get a cookie cutter to make your own narwhal cookies; we’ll share our source. How about you: what cookies and movies are most nostalgic to you this time of year?

Narwhal Gingerbread Cutout Cookies | A Couple Cooks

Looking for more cookie recipes?

These narwhal gingerbread cutout cookies are the most fun Christmas cookie we’ve made. However, here are a few more of our favorite Christmas cookies:

Narwhal Gingerbread Cutout Cookies | A Couple Cooks

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This recipe is…

This narwhal gingerbread cutout cookies recipe is vegetarian.

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Narwhal Gingerbread Cutout Cookies


1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: About 20
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These gingerbread cutout cookies are a nostalgic holiday Christmas cookie in honor of that Christmas movie classic, Elf. Buddy the Elf would approve!


Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • Edible glitter, for decorating
  • Powdered sugar, for decorating

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk to thoroughly combine the egg, brown sugar, molasses, almond butter, melted butter, and applesauce.
  2. To the wet ingredients, stir in the ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, kosher salt, baking soda, all-purpose flour, and whole wheat flour until well combined. Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and chill at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Dust a flat surface with flour, then flour the rolling pin and roll out the dough to ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out narwhals, about 20 total. Place the narwhals on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. If using edible glitter, add gently press the glitter onto the narwhal tusks.
  5. Bake the cookies about 8 minutes, until puffed and slightly firmed. Let rest on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  6. Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar using a sifter or sieve, covering the tusks with parchment paper. Store covered at room temperature for several days or freeze for several months.

Keywords: Gingerbread, Gingerbread Cutout Cookies, Cutout Cookies, Christmas Cookies, Holiday, Cookies

 

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

10 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    December 12, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Loving this! I may need to use this recipe with a squirrel cutter to adapt it to my family’s favorite–National lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Such a fun way to celebrate!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Oooo yes! We actually just got a squirrel cutter from IKEA — you may want to check there!

  • Reply
    Lori Rice
    December 13, 2017 at 10:52 am

    These are the best cookies I have seen all season! What a cute and creative idea!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      The highest compliment — THANK YOU!

  • Reply
    Laura
    December 13, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Love these cookies! A *really* cute book to go with the stuffed animal is “Not Quite Narwhal” by Jessie Sima. The illustrations are adorable too.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Oooo we will have to check that out! We’re trying to convince Larson that this is his favorite animal. :)

  • Reply
    Lindsay
    December 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I’d love to get your source for the narwhal cookie cutter! These look great.

  • Reply
    Kari
    December 14, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Yes! Narwhals are the cutest!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/raspberry-mule-absolut-elyx/

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