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It’s December and that means we are getting the house decorated and ready for the Christmas holidays! It also means Christmas baking and here’s a recipe that is on our list every single year. This simple Gingerbread Men cookie recipe is bound to be a hit.
If you have never made Gingerbread men (or Gingerbread boys, as we call them) it is so much fun! Not only to bake, but to spend hours on a snowy afternoon decorating them all up. Here’s my Gingerbread Cookie recipe – try it this year.
Gingerbread Men – Recipe
Usually what we do is make the gingerbread and bake the boys one day. The next day, we spend the afternoon decorating them all. It’s like an assembly line of little soldiers!
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
3 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
Blend the butter and sugar until creamy. Then beat in the molasses.
Sift the flour, baking soda, spices and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in thirds with 5 or more tablespoons water. Take your time and get it all blended together before adding more. Work in the last of the mixture with your hands.
Flour your counter and plop the gingerbread on there. Make sure you flour your rolling pin too. And then, keep some extra flour handy.
Roll thin using a rolling pin. You may need to keep dusting your counter with flour to keep the dough from sticking.
Gingerbread Man Cookies – Decorating
(Disclaimer: Pretty much anyone can decorate better than me. That. Is. All.)
Gingerbread Men Icing Ingredients:
2 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp milk or cream
Mix thoroughly. Split into several dishes if you are going to want different colours of icing.
Just use food colouring to create the colours you want.
Other decorating ingredients:
Chocolate chips for jacket buttons
Here all the arms, feet and the head have all been dipped in the icing and then dipped in the sprinkles. Just lay them on a cookie sheet or plastic wrap after and let them dry completely.
You can see I am using a good sized container for dipping the extremities. Even still, the odd guy gets broken. I dip him too and then I eat him!
Make them as colourful as you like. You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to decorating!
Sometimes we make both Gingerbread Men AND Ninjabread Men. You can’t go wrong and little kids just love these guys!
Enjoy and have fun!
Nutrition Information: Yield: 12 Serving Size: 12 men
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 4g
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