Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

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These little gingerbread men are fun for young and old to decorate.
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  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar - light
  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 2 egg
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 tablespoons half-n-half
Container: Cookie sheets
1 hr
45 mins
4 hrs
  • Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and baking soda in a bowl. Stir with a wire whisk to mix ingredients. Set aside to use later.
  • Cream the brown sugar and butter together in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then add the molasses. Beat until well incorporated.
  • Add one third of the dry ingredients and beat into the mixture. Add the remaining ingredients, one third at a time.
  • If the dough is getting too stiff when you add the last third, stir it in by hand. Stir only until ingredients are evenly mixed.
  • Divide the dough into two halves. Flatten each half into a thick disk, cover with plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • After the dough is chilled, remove one disk from the refrigerator and place it on a floured work surface.
  • Roll the dough out with a lightly floured rolling pin until the dough is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut out the cookies with the cookie cutters, cutting the cookies out as close as possible to each other.
  • Lift cookies with a spatula and place them on a lightly grease cookie sheet or a sheet lined with parchment paper. Space cookies about 1 inch apart to allow for expansion.
  • Gather the scrap pieces and roll them out to cut more cookies. Use as little additional flour as possible.
  • Place the cookie sheet in an oven preheated to 350°F and bake for 10 minutes or just until the edges start to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to sit on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before removing.
  • Remove using a spatula to lift them off from the cookie sheet and place them on a cooling rack. Allow them to cool completely before decorating.
  • Combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 2 tbsp. of half & half in a mixing bowl and beat until well blended.
  • Add the remaining half & half one tablespoon at a time. Add the half & half until the frosting is smooth and the desired consistency. You may not need the entire amount of half & half to get desired thickness.
  • If decorating with different colors of icing, divide the icing into smaller batches and add food coloring to achieve desired colors.
  • Use a pastry bag to decorate the cookies. If you do not have a pastry bag for decorating, you can use a small bag. Put frosting in one corner and then trim the corner just slightly. Squeeze the frosting through the hole and decorate the cookies.
  • The gingerbread cookies can be decorated in any manner you desire. Allow frosting to harden slightly before storing in an airtight container.
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"I just came across this recipe on this site and remembered when I made them last year. I baked them and then had my grandkids come to help decorate. They had a blast! It was messy but fun to watch them."
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