gingerbread man cookies

December 19, 2012 § 10 Comments

gingerbreadcookies

remember how i said that these were my absolute favorite kind of cookies? well i lied because these are.. i know, sorry, it’s kind of hard to take me seriously now but i actually had never tried these cookies up until a few days ago, so technically i didn’t really lie. sooo.. this gingerbread is slightly chewy and has such a rich depth of flavor from the molasses. and the icing, well you know, icing is just the icing on the cake, i mean cookie ;)

ingredients: {makes 3 1/2 dozen 4 inch cookies}
• 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1 cup salted butter, softened
• 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
• 1 large egg
• 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses

to do:
1. pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
2. whisk together flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a medium bowl.
3. in a large bowl with an electric mixer cream butter and sugar. scrap down the sides of the bowl. add egg and molasses, and beat on medium speed until smooth. scrape bowl and add the flour mixture. blend on low speed until combined; do not overmix.
4. separate dough into 2 balls and flatten into disks. wrap each disk lightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
5. on a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. with floured cookie cutters cut into gingerbread men. use scraps until all the dough is used. place on ungreased baking sheets 1/2 inch apart and bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden.
6. allow to cool completely before icing.

* see recipe for icing here.

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