Gingerbread Men

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Today, Daniel and I went over to my friend and neighbor Julie's house to decorate Gingerbread Men for Santa.  Normally, I am not a huge fan of gingerbread, but a friend of mine gave me this recipe for chewy cookies so I thought I would give it a try.  The results were great, a nice soft, chewy gingerbread cookie!  We decorated with candy pieces and cream cheese frosting!  I am sure Santa will be very happy when he visits this year!

Gingerbread Man Cookies Recipe
3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter (room temperature, softened)
1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
Aubrey decorating her cookie
1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
Daniel decorating his cookie
Optional raisins, chocolate chips, candy pieces, frosting
1)  In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.
2)  In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Mix in eggs and molasses. Gradually add the flour mixture; combine on low speed. (You may need to work it with your hands to incorporate the last bit of flour.) Divide dough in thirds; wrap each third in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour or overnight. Before rolling out, let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. If after refrigerating the dough feels too soft to roll-out, work in a little more flour.
Daniel's cookie for Santa
3)  Heat oven to 350°. Place a dough third on a large piece of lightly floured parchment paper or wax paper. Using a rolling pin, roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Refrigerate again for 5-10 minutes to make it easier to cut out the cookies. Use either a cookie cutter or place a stencil over the dough and use a knife to cut into desired shapes. Press raisins, chocolate chips, or candy pieces in the center of each cookie if desired for "buttons".
4 Transfer to ungreased baking sheets. Bake until crisp but not darkened, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Let sit a few minutes and then use a metal spatula to transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.
Makes 16 5-inch long cookies.


Jackie H. said...

So glad you posted this. Crazy as it sounds, I forgot about leaving cookies for Santa. This is our first year really doing the Santa thing since our oldest is 2 1/2 and is starting to "get" it. Poor santa would have been hungry at our house ;)
Chewy Gingerbread sounds good too.

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