RECIPE | GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIES

17 December 2016


I wanted to post lots of my Christmas recipe posts in the early months of December, but I have been so busy with uni that I haven't really had time yet to am so late with all of the Christmas posts this year. So now that I have a bit more time on my hands just before the Christmas holiday, I will be sharing my first Christmas recipe! Gingerbread man cookies! So cute and perfect to have during the Christmas season!


The Ingredients
Cookies:
415 grams all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
175 grams unsalted butter
85 grams dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
½ cup blackstrap molasses

Topping:
280 grams icing sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

The first thing you need to do is sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. So sift your flour, baking soda and ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg into the bowl. Once you’ve done that you set that bowl aside.

Next you’re going to mix your sugar and the butter together with a electric mixer until it’s light and fluffy. Then you add the egg and the molasses. You beat those ingredients until it’s fully combined. After these ingredients have been combined properly, you will gradually ad the flour mixture on low speed into the ‘wet’ mixture. Beat that with the electric mixer until all of your flour is combined into the rest of the mixture. (Side note, my electric mixer decided to quite halfway through because the dough was so thick, so you might need to kneed it with your hands after a little while!)

Then you have to divide the dough into three parts and put the dough into the fridge for an hour.

Preheat your oven to 350
°F or 175°C. Remove the dough from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Cover your work surface in a tiny bit of flour and start rolling the dough with a dough roller until it’s about 3 mm thick (= 1/8 inch). Once the dough is at its desired thickness, you’ll make the gingerbread man with a cookie cutter (or any cookie cutter shapes).

Put the cookie though onto a baking tray that’s covered in a baking sheet. Then put the tray into the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes. Make sure to check them first at 8 minutes. If they're not crisp yet put them back in the oven and keep checking on when they're getting crisp. Once they’re crisp remove them from the oven and let them cool down for a few minutes.


To make the icing
To make the vanilla icing, just whisk all of the ingredients together until the icing is smooth. If your icing is a bit too thin you should add more icing sugar, if it’s too thick then add more milk. Then with a piping bag you can pipe the icing onto the cookies to give the gingerbread man cute little faces! 

Icing however isn't really my strong suit, so I actually quite struggled with icing, like I always do, so my gingerbread man look a bit odd! Sorry for that!

That's the recipe! This recipe takes about 35 minutes to prepare. But your dough needs to be refridgerated for at least 1 hour (but preferably overnight), so keep that in mind if you want to 'quickly' bake these cookies! 

These cookies are so lovely and yummy for Christmas. I already packaged a few gingerbread men to give to my friends and family, hoping that they like them as much like I do! Happy baking! 

6 comments :

  1. These look so delicious! I need to get some holiday baking done soon too! Thanks for sharing hun! Have a great weekend :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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    1. Thank you lovely! They were really yummy! :) xx

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  2. These look absolutely delicious and perfectly festive. I love eating gingerbread men but I've never made them for myself before.

    www.thesundaymode.com

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    1. They made me feel so festive! Definitely try to make them yourself some time! :) xx

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  3. Looks so good! X Isabella

    www.just-stuff-i-like.blogspot.nl

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