One of my favorite things about this blog is the sharing power of friends and readers. Our friend Charla saw this recipe in her Real Simple magazine and sent me a picture – she knew I was looking for a gingerbread cookie recipe. It did not disappoint. Perfect gingerbread men, trees, and snowflakes to get us in the Christmas spirit!
Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Men
Makes 3 dozen. // Note: The dough must chill for 2 hours so keep that in mind!
-5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-2 teaspoons ground ginger
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
-1 cup (1 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
-1 cup packed light brown sugar
-1 large egg
-1 cup unsulfured molasses
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium until smooth. Add the molasses and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla.
3. Stir in the flour mixture 1 cup at a time, blending until smooth. The dough should gather into a semifirm mass. If it’s not firm, add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour, but not enough to make it crumbly.
4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Flatten into disks and wrap in plastic.
5. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 1 week.
6. Preheat oven to 350° F.
7. On a floured surface, roll each disk to 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Transfer them to a large, parchment-lined (or silpat) baking sheet.
8. Decorate, if desired. Bake until firm to the touch, about 10-11 minutes.