Ginger Man Christmas Cookies
Is it a tradition to make gingerbread houses with the kiddos during the Holidays? My mama never brought home a gingerbread house. It just wasn't her thing. She did plenty of baking: cakes, pies and cobblers. But not one gingerbread house or anything ginger for that matter. I see the gingerbread house kit in the stores. I hesitate and then think, I don’t have time for that. It’s Christmas time. There’s shopping to do, not to mention working full time hours on top of cooking and baking. Looking at that kit in the store I can’t help but envision putting out all the pieces, breaking up fights between the younger ones, and even the older one at times, on who will put what piece where. I don’t feel like explaining to the youngest why she can’t have full control of the icing. And I definitely don’t feel like cleaning up after the kiddos ‘clean up’. What I do have time for are gingerbread cookies. It takes like ten minutes max to put the dough together. While the kiddos may not get a gingerbread house, gingerbread man cookies should be just as good – at least for now.
Ingredients:1 and ½ sticks of butter ¼ cup dark molasses 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 2 cups flour ½ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp ground ginger 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt Items needed: Baking sheet Parchment paper
Directions:Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together butter, sugar, molasses and egg. Sift together flour, spices, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture. Wrap up dough in saran wrap and place in refrigerator for an hour. On a well-floured surface roll out dough and use cookie cutter. Or you can just make regular size cookies. Either way the dough should go back into the refrigerator for another 45 minutes to an hour – that is if you want your shapes to come out ‘right’/pretty. Place enough space between shapes or cookie shapes on baking sheet and bake (note: this picture is not an example of ‘enough space’). Bake for 8-10 minutes. Decorate as desired.
Ahem….if you forgot to put the dough back in the refrigerator (as I dd…) you can re-use the cookie cutter when the cookies come fresh out of the oven.
Have a wonderful weekend with the family!!