Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gingerbread Men

We always decorate sugar cookies for Christmas but we're not really into eating them. I wanted to try gingerbread men since they look so cute. I realized I've never eatn gingerbread before, though I feel like I know the taste. These looked and smelled amazing, though I would add more spices for a stronger kick next time. From Joy of Baking.

Ingredients
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup unsulphured molasses

Directions
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses and beat until well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture beating until incorporated. Divide the dough in half, and wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease pans. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a gingerbread cutter to cut out the cookies. Bake about 10 min when they are firm and the edges are just beginning to brown.

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