Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread Men

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

50

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

50

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    cup unsalted butter - (2 sticks) softened

  • 1

    cup light brown sugar - (firmly packed)

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1

    cup dark molasses

  • 2

    tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 5

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 2

    teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 1/4

    teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2

    teaspoon salt

  • SUGAR ICING:

  • 2

    large egg whites

  • 1

    pinch cream of tartar

  • 3

    cups confectioners' sugar sifted

  • Food coloring (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer cream the butter, add the sugar, and beat the mixture until fluffy. Beat in the egg, the molasses, and the vinegar. Into another bowl, sift together the flour, the ginger, the baking soda, the cinnamon, the cloves, and the salt and stir the mixture into the butter mixture, a little at a time. The dough will be soft. Divide the dough into fourths, dust it with flour, and wrap each piece in waxed paper. Flatten the dough slightly and chill it for at least 3 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out the dough, 1 piece at a time, 1/4-inch thick on a floured surface and cut out cookies with a 4-inch gingerbread man cutter dipped in flour. Transfer the cookies with a spatula to buttered baking sheets, arranging them 2-inches apart, and bake them in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until no imprint remains when they are touched lightly with the fingertip. Transfer the cookies with the spatula to racks and let them cool. Make cookies with the dough scraps in the same manner. If desired, pipe the sugar icing decoratively on the cookie using a pastry bag fitted with a small decorative tip. Let the cookies stand for 20 minutes, or until the icing is set. Sugar Icing: In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar, a pinch of salt, and 2 teaspoons water until the mixture is frothy, beat in the sugar, a little at a time, and beat the mixture until it holds stiff peaks. Beat in the food coloring, if desired. Decorate baked cookies with the icing using a spatula or a pastry bag fitted with a small decorative tip and let the cookies stand for 20 minutes, or until the icing is set. (Makes enough icing for about 50 (4-inch) cookies).

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