Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My All Time FAVORITE Gingerbread Man or Woman Cookie Recipe

I have used this recipe for years and years. ENJOY!

1/2 Cup Butter, Softened
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Dark Molasses
Juice of 1/2 Juicing Orange
3-1/2 to 4 Cup Sifted Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
Raisins + Royal Icing *

Pre Heat Oven 350 degrees F

In Large mixing bowl cream Butter and gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
Add egg, molasses, orange juice and beat well.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices in separate bowl (I use 5 cup measuring cup)
Add dry mixture to creamed mixture in thirds, blending well.
Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and chill the dough for about 1 hour.
On a dried and floured surface roll dough until it is about 1/8"thick.
(Leave 2nd dough ball in refrig until you are ready to work with it)
Use gingerbread men or women cookie cutters to cut, gently reworking/rolling dough to cut again.
Use raisins for eye and/or button placement.
Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
Remove from tray and allow to cool on wire cookie racks.
Decorate with royal icing (smile, clothing, etc)
Makes about 3 Dozen cookies,


kerfuffler said...

My mom, sister and I used to enjoy making gingerbread houses out of a very similar recipe. I think the proportions are a little different to make the cookie tougher (stronger) so the house will not buckle under all the decorations, but I bet your recipe tastes better!

Pepperidge Farm makes some really tasty gingerbread men cookies too, for people too busy to enjoy the fun of making them. But they won't make your home smell fantastic the way baking gingerbread does.....

Simone said...

I have been banned for life from making another gingerbread house (yes recipe for cookie differs slightly - the cookie isn't as tender)...will give P.F.'s version a try as well - they might help out in a pinch! I can always put a pot of cinnamon, molasses, cloves + ginger to bowl on the stove for the scent..

keli * said...

I have never made real gingerbread cookies. I think its time for me to start!

kerfuffler said...

A really tasty treat can be made easily by putting a small scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream in between two P.F. gingerbread men cookies right before eating (so the cookies are still super crisp).

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