Gingerbread men are some of my favorite holiday cookies. They are so fun to decorate and I love the spicy gingerbread cookie! When I make my gingerbread men, I like to have a little fun with them. When they are cut out and on the cookie sheet, I manipulate the raw dough men so they look like they are running or dancing. Sometimes a cookie ends up with a big knick on it. Instead of balling those up and rerolling them, I cook those as well. I’m not sure why, but I am a sucker for a stitched up gingerbread man (like the Gingerbread man in Shrek with the broken legs!) I always think gingerbread men can add some fun to any cookie tray, especially if you make them with a little whimsy!
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup molasses
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground allspice
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and molasses until blended
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice and stir until combined. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until blended.
On a lightly floured surface, form the dough into a disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 2 days before baking.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a ¼-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Transfer cookies to a baking sheet, placing them 1 inch apart.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Once cooled, decorate with frosting (below). Store in an airtight container up to 3 weeks.
Makes about 40 cookies
Powdered Sugar Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp + 1 tsp milk
Pinch of salt
In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir until smooth.
Transfer icing to a decorating bag (or ziplock) to decorate cookies.