Gingerbread men

Ho, ho, ho and here’s Christmas again!

And there’s no such thing called Christmas without a few (or a lot!) Gingerbread men 🙂

A gingerbread man is a biscuit or cookie made of gingerbread, usually in the shape of a stylized human, although other shapes, especially seasonal themes and characters, are common.

Gingerbread dates from the 15th century, and figural biscuit-making was practiced in the 16th century. The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits was at the court of Elizabeth I of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests. Cool or what?

And here’s a simple amazing recipe (by tasteofhome.com) to bake by yourself or together with your kids. They’ll just LOVE cutting them out and seeing them go brown through the oven glass door!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vanilla frosting of your choice
  • Red and green paste food coloring

How to make them:

  1. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses, egg and water. In another bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients minus frosting; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until easy to handle, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-in. gingerbread man cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake until edges are firm, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost as desired.

Want to see how they’ll look like (just an idea, because you can frost them as you wish!)

Gingerbread men cookies we just LOVE to have around at Christmas time!

*makes around two dozen

Yummy yummy or what?

 

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