There is nothing like baking cookies to get you in the mood for the holidays. So we decided to bake gingerbread men and decorate the tree. I have to be honest, I’ve never been a fan of gingerbread men so I wasn’t too excited when Neil made the suggestion. But they turned out so tasty and we had so much fun baking, decorating and drinking eggnog that I wanted to make a post. We used a basic Betty Crocker recipe:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup shortening (we used butter)
1 1/2 cups dark molasses
2/3 cup cold water
7 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
- In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, molasses and water with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheet lightly with shortening or spray with cooking spray. On floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut with floured gingerbread cutter or other shaped cutter. On cookie sheet, place cutouts about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Neil baked while I iced the little men.
Here is the finished product of the tree. It’s a silly little tree but we love it.