Friday, December 12, 2008

Gingerbread men are tricky.

I like my gingerbread men to be spicy, but not too spicy, sweet, soft, and fluffy.
It is hard to find a good recipe.
I found this one today on
I love

Gingerbread Cookies
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup molasses
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, until they are completely absorbed. Divide dough into 3 pieces, pat down to 1 1/2 inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. When the cookies are done, they will look dry, but still be soft to the touch. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on wire racks. When cool, the cookies can be frosted with the icing of your choice.

I halved the recipe because I didn't want to eat 2 dozen cookies. And if I made that many, believe me, I would eat them. A tip I learned from one of the 83 commenters on this recipe was to roll out the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap. This kept the cookies moist and was so easy! They were perfect. We slathered ours in the usual-- vanilla frosting, sprinkles, and chocolate chips. Even Stella liked them.


  1. Delurking here.... This recipe sounds so yummy! I don't have a Gingerbread cookie recipe so this is perfect! Plus I've been craving them, I bought some at the store last night and they are crunchy NOT WHAT I LIKE! I'm going to try these for sure.


  2. Thanks for the tip and idea.
    I have been wanting to make a fun cookie with my kids. I also saw a site with the candy cane sugar cookies.
    I think we'll have to give this one a try.

  3. Perfect timing! Oliver is throwing a cookie making party and these will be perfect.

  4. Ahhhhh, what a good idea with the plastic wrap! I just made some last night with my daughter, and we kept putting more and more flour to keep them from sticking. Ya, I'm pretty sure it altered everything, lol. Yours look great!

    I made some extras for a Christmas party tonight, and put whipped cream frosting and M&M's for little buttons. But I bought the prepackaged dough. It was way too spicy.

    I'll have to try that recipe next time. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I think I'll try it! I'll let you know how it turns out for us.

  6. Jaxon brought home a gingerbread man cookie from preschool the other day and it was so soft and the perfect thickness... and yummy. I do not like the crunchy ones. I was hoping for a recipe - I'm excited to give this a try!

  7. Those sound really good. Elliott made us some good ones the other day, but they got pretty hard after a couple of days... we'll have to try that recipe.

  8. I found a great recipe that used part whole wheat and they were super easy. Or I just got lucky.

  9. ah yes the unending quest for the perfect gingerbread man :)

    mom and i must try these in sundance. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm i loooove them.


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