Well it seems hard to believe that we are already on Day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Countdown, and today is all about the Gingerbread Men, those cute little guys with their engaging smiles and bow tie, and the delicious warm spices that pair perfect with your favorite hot beverage during the cold holiday season.
Today’s recipe comes courtesy of cakeandallie.com
Gingerbread Men (makes approximately 40 cookies)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
In a large saucepan, stir together sugar, molasses, water, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add butter. Stir occasionally until the butter is melted and incorporated. Let cool for 15 minutes.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the molasses mixture (after it’s cooled) with a wooden spoon. Mix until combined.
Place dough into a gallon sized Ziploc bag and flatten the dough evenly into one sheet. Refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 375F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Prepare a clean, flat surface with a light dusting of flour. Working with 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to a 1/4 inch thickness, adding flour as need. With a floured cookie cutter, cut dough into desired shapes. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, until set and lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on cooling racks before icing.
1 Tbs meringue powder
2 cups powdered sugar
4-5 Tbs of water
red & green food coloring, if desired
Place ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat until icing is smooth and matte, about 8 minutes. Color and pipe icing as desired.
Recipe from The Pastry Queen
Did You Know?
The history behind the first gingerbread men goes back to Queen Elizabeth 1. During her 16th-century reign she was know for her elaborate royal dinners, and during one of the meals she requested the gingerbread be made into the shape of men to represent foreign dignitaries and the people in her court.”
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