How to make gothtastic gingerbread bats with SERIOUS bite

October 11 |
If you your cookies gingery and spicy, GET EXCITED!
If you like your cookies gingery and spicy, GET EXCITED!

It's cooling down, and you know what that means? It's time for Gothic Charm School's gingerbread bats!

Some of you may remember the Offbeat Empire's favorite goth etiquette columnist, Jillian Venters, aka Our Lady Of The Manners from Gothic Charm School. She's the author of Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them, and has given excellent gothic wedding advice on Offbeat Bride.

What you may not know, however, is that Our Lady Of The Manners also has a mean gingerbread bat recipe that has some SERIOUS bite. As Jillian herself says (in her fabulous third-person), "The Lady of the Manners doesn't think gingerbread is proper gingerbread unless it makes your tongue tingle. You Have Been Warned!"

You HAVE been warned. Ready to bake?

Gothic Charm School Gingerbread Bats

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 C. flour (with an extra ½ C. set aside, just in case)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 C. butter
  • 1/2 C. molasses
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh ginger, very finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • a bat-shaped cookie cutter! The one I have is out of stock, but this one is available for $1!


NOTE: Prep time is at least two and a half hours — and the cookies have to chill in your fridge for a minimum of two of those. Plan accordingly!

Directions

1. Combine the molasses and butter in a saucepan over very low heat until the butter melts.

Why do I think this is so pretty?
Why do I think this is so pretty?

Let's take a break and discuss mincing ginger, because I had never even attempted to mince it prior to baking these cookies. In fact, I Googled "how do I mince ginger?" and found this very helpful tutorial. In case you're wondering, this is the "thumb" part of the ginger:

See how it all makes sense now?
See how it all makes sense now?

2. Add the sugar, minced ginger, and lime juice, stir until the sugar dissolves, then remove the saucepan from the heat.

NOTE: while that mixture cools, sift together all the dry ingredients.

I found this set of swan measuring cups at Goodwill. My husband makes fun of them, but I think they're adorbz and wanted to use this opportunity to show you one of them. LOOK HOW CUTE!
I found this set of swan measuring cups at Goodwill. My husband makes fun of them, but I think they're adorbz and wanted to use this opportunity to show you one of them. LOOK HOW CUTE!
I like the sifting part of baking -- pretttttty colors!
I like the sifting part of baking — pretttttty colors!

3. Fold the dry ingredients into the lukewarm butter/sugar/molasses mixture.

4. Add the egg (just crack it into the bowl!), and mix everything together until the dough is smooth and slightly glossy looking.

It's ok if you think this looks gross. I totally did.
It's okay if you think this looks gross. I totally did.

(You may need to add a smidge more flour at this stage. But if your dough seems sticky or not holding together, add a spoonful or two of flour, then keep mixing.)

5. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap up in plastic wrap or wax paper, and chill for a minimum of 2 hours.

…yum?
…yum?

6. Pre-heat the oven to 325* F.

7. Roll out the dough on a floured cutting board, then cut out cookies with appropriately-festive cookie cutters.

BAT COOKIES!
BAT COOKIES!

8. Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes.

The cookies should look slightly glossy, and feel slightly soft if you touch them — do not burn yourself!. Take them off the cookie sheets and let them cool. (On a wire rack, if you have such a thing. If not, setting them on some paper towels works just as well — and FYI, I just put them on a plate.)

Many thanks to Jillian for her recipe! If you want more goth awesomeness from her, be sure to check the Gothic Charm School Tumblr.

  1. We used to have those measuring cups when I was little! I always called them geese though. Seeing them made me smile.

    0 agree
    • We had them too! I called them ducks. My sweet tea making instructions included adding "two ducks of sugar". :)

      1 agrees
  2. Oh wow, weird. Whenever I made gingerbread cookies in college (I usually made them for my biology study group for good luck on exams), I always used my bat cookie cutter. I also would double the spice my recipe called for, because I, too, think they need to be extra-spicy! Clearly Jillian and I are kindred-cookie spirits.

    2 agree
  3. YES! Because I (so don't!) need more things to bake tomorrow. Perfect timing for a weekend baking session. :)

    1 agrees
  4. Oooh I've been looking for a good and spicy gingerbread recipe and I am seriously intrigued by the lime juice. Must bake!

    1 agrees
  5. Try adding half a teaspoon of dry mustard powder (of course then you start entering Moravian spice cookie territory)

    1 agrees
  6. I'm totally making these tomorrow and I think I'll try grating the ginger root just to save time/my fingers/my patience.

    1 agrees
  7. These are very tasty. Traditional gingerbread cookies like my grandmother used to make. <3

    0 agree

Join the conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

No-drama comment policy

Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.

Biz owners & wedding bloggers

Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.