Sunday, December 21, 2014

Favorite Holiday Gingerbread Man cookies


Can I officially call it Christmas week? With school being out and all other activities being postponed until next year (that sounds weird), presents wrapped and kids at my heels, I have decided we are fully submerging ourselves in everything Christmas.
I am going to find a service project to do with my little ducklings this week but since today is lazy Sunday, we thought it best to spend time together making the cookies we will leave out for Santa. This is a favorite recipe of mine I have been making for years.
Chewy, soft, spiced, delicious, and just plain adorable! I couldn't decide which pictures to cut so I just used them all.
Make these cookies with someone you love! Happy Christmas week.

Recipe: Favorite Holiday Gingerbread Man Cookies
Recipe Source: Betty Crocker
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups dark molasses
2/3 cup water
7 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
Beat brown sugar and shortening, molasses and water in a large bowl or stand mixer. Stir or mix remaining ingredients. Split dough in half and wrap in parchment paper or Ceran wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. This will help the dough be MUCH easier to roll out as it will be sticky.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease cookie sheet lightly with spray.
Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters!
Place 2 inches apart on tray and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove immediately from cookie sheet onto a cooling rack so cookies stay soft and puffy.
Cool about 30 minutes and then decorate!

Need a recipe for the easy glaze topping? CLICK HERE
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