Christmas is not complete without the Gingerbread men cookies. Normally we buy store bought cookies and relish them during the holiday times. Shweets likes it so much she even wrote it in Santa's letter last year. So this year When I was planning for the list of Christmas cookies I wanted to try Gingerbread men cookies and surprise her. Shweets was so excited to use the cookie cutter and cut the cute cookies. I did not have time to frost the entire batch so I gave it to shweets she made customized frosting for each of us and we had so much fun. This cookie is truly meant for the holiday times. Definitely I'm making this for every Christmas.
Gingerbread Men cookies are fragrant and a cookie which totally different from the regular cookies. The combination of the spices and the sweetness from the molasses gives it that unique taste. When you plan to make the cookies it is better to make the dough the previous night and refrigerate it overnight. Also you can adjust the baking time depending on texture of the cookie you prefer. Increase the baking time by few minutes to get crispy cookies. It is very important to get fresh and good quality spices to get the perfect cookies. You have to definitely try this cookie for this Christmas and I bet you will fall for it !!!
Preparation Time - 15 minutes
Chilling Time - 4 hours - Overnight
Baking Time - 8 - 14 minutes
Yields - 35 - 40 Cookies (depending on the size of your cookie cutter)
Recipe from here
All Purpose Flour - 3 cups
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda - 3/4 tsp
Ground Ginger Powder - 2 tsp
Cinnamon Powder - 1 tsp
Nutmeg Powder - 1/4 tsp
Clove Powder - 1/4 tsp
Unsalted Butter - 1/2 cup (1 stick)
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Egg - 1 no
Unsulphured Molasses - 2/3 cup
- Prepare 2 cookie trays by lining it with parchment paper.
- Preheat oven to 350 F when the cookies are cut and chilling in the refrigerator.
- In a measuring cup spray vegetable oil and measure the molasses and keep aside this is done to avoid the molasses sticking to the cup.
- In a large bowl mix the flour, salt, baking soda, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, nutmeg powder, clove powder and keep aside.
- Beat the butter until it is soft for about a minute or so in medium speed using a stand mixer or a electric mixer.
- Add the sugar and beat well until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
- Next add the egg and beat until incorporated.
- Add the molasses and beat well.
- Slowly add the flour mixture and beat everything until the flour is fully incorporated.
- Collect the dough and divide it two portions and flatten it into 2 disc shapes and wrap them separately with cling wrap.
- Refrigerate the cookie dough for several hours or overnight. This is done to make the dough firm.
- When the cookie dough is firm, remove from refrigerator and on a lightly floured surface roll the dough into 1/4 inch thick circle.
- Using your gingerbread man cookie cutter cut the dough into shapes. Carefully place the cookies on the cookie trays with parchment paper.
- Place the cookie tray in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes which will make the cookies firm.
- Bake the cookies for about 8 - 14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies turn slightly brown.
- Remove cookies from the oven and allow it to stay in the pan for a minute.
- Cool completely on a cooling rack and then frost or decorate as you desire.
- Serve with your favorite hot drink.
- The chilling of the cookies helps to retain the shape of the cookies while baking.
- When you remove the dough from the refrigerator it will be hard but when you start to get easy to roll.
- If your dough turns soft and the cookie is not holding shape. Again roll it to a disc and refrigerate for 15 - 20 minutes to make it firm. First make the cookie from one of the disc place them in the fridge and then take the next one.
- Do not over bake but my oven took 14 minutes to get that browning in the sides.So check after 8 minutes and adjust the baking time according to your oven.
- You can use currants or readily available cookie frosting to decorate. You can also prepare your own frosting and using your piping bag to pipe eyes and smiling face.
- Cookies can be stored in room temperature for about 3 - 4 days.
- If you do not have a electric mixer or a stand mixer you can just do it by using a balloon whisk and spatula.