Merry Christmas everyone 🙂
About four years ago, my best friend and I started making Gingerbread Men for the holidays and would give them out to friends and family. The best part of it is that each year we get better at decorating the little guys. We have had many different collections of gingerbread men from babies in diapers to bikini girls.
Our Gingerbread Men are different than most because they’re more like a spiced sugar cookie but that is what we like since we’ve never been big fans of real gingerbread. This year, I decided to try a new recipe to try and keep their shape better so they would look more like gingerbread men and not little blob people.
If you like a subtle gingerbread cookie than this new recipe is perfect. Its important to make time to let the dough refrigerate and to not add extra flour to stiffen it up instead. I promise if you refrigerate it and use flour when rolling it out, it will come out perfectly.
The dough for this new recipe is very strong because of the mollasses but it actually comes out very nice, and yummy with some frosting on it. The frosting is just a royal icing which basically consists of egg whites and sugar. These are great for the holidays to give out to family, they’ll love it 🙂
Gingerbread Men Recipe:
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mixture until smooth. Cover, and chill for at least one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool.
For the Icing (for one batch):
– 2 Egg Whites
– 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
– 2 cups Powdered Sugar
Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add in the sugar until the icing is stiff. You will probably need to add more than 2 cups of sugar to get it stiff enough to pipe through a bag, so just add from 2 cups enough until its good for you.
Now I need to go think of something to bake for Christmas dinner! Any suggestions?