Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gingerbread Cookies-Easy Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe-Christmas Special

Christmas is round the corner, what could be better than Gingerbread cookies to celebrate. This classic Gingerbread cookie is full of flavors and easy to make. Since I could not get molasses, I have used brown sugar for this cookie recipe.The cookies were sweet, chewy, delicious and perfectly spiced. I enjoyed making and decorating gingerbread cookie as a man, girl, child, star and even as reindeer. Every Christmas I make it a point to do something special. Last year it was boil and bake fruit cake and oreo cupcakes. This time I choose this mildly spiced and flavorful ginger cookies. Today we will learn how to make gingerbread men cookies following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

gingerbread men cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Baking Time : 10-12 mins 
 Yields:24 Cookies
 Recipe CategoryCookies-Christmas Recipes
 Recipe CuisineInternational
 Recipe Source - Joy of Baking

   Ingredients needed

   Dry Ingredients

   All Purpose flour/maida - 1 1/2 cup
   Baking Soda -1/2 tsp
   Salt -1/4 tsp

   Spices

   Dry Ginger Powder -1 tsp
   Cinnamon powder -1/2 tsp
   Cloves Powder -1/8 tsp
   Nutmeg grated -1/8 tsp

   Unsalted butter -1/4 cup or 55 grams
   Granulated white Sugar -1/4 cup or 50 grams (powdered)
   Egg - 1 small egg
   Molasses- 80 ml 

   Gingerbread cookie cutter or any cookie cutter


Preparation

Sieve together all purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Add all the spice to it and keep it aside.

Keep all the ingredients ready. Bring it to room temperature.

Molasses substitute -  Heat 2 tbsp of water, add light or dark brown sugar and heat it until it dissolves. Use this liquid instead of molasses.

preparation for gingerbread cookies

gingerbread cookies

Method 

Beat butter until soft. Add powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

beating butter and sugar

Add eggs and beat until well combined.

beating egg for gingerbread cookies

Add molasses or brown sugar liquid and beat until well combined.

gingerbread cookies without molasses

Add flour in two batches and beat on low speed until well incorporated. Gather and make a smooth dough.

preparation for gingerbread cookies

Divide the dough into half and wrap it in a plastic sheet and refrigerate overnight or until firm.

After refrigeration

Pre heat oven at 180 degree C for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, roll out the dough evenly dusting flour to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a gingerbread man cookie cutter or any desired cookie cutter, cut out the cookies.

Line cookie tray with parchment paper and space the gingerbread cookies 1 1/2 inch apart. Use the middle rack for baking and bake in batches. Gather the remaining dough and repeat the same process.

ginger cookies without molasses

Place the baking tray with the cookies in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. This is done to prevent the cookies from losing their shape.

Then bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges starts to brown.

gingerbread cookies recipe

Once baked, remove the tray from oven and allow it to cool. Once the cookies become slightly firm, remove from the tray and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

gingerbread cookies

Afer it cools completely, you can decorate it the way you like.

I used royal icing to decorate the cookies and I enjoyed it a lot!! Check out royal icing recipe here.

gingerbread men cookies

Note 

You can make a hole at the top of the cookies with a wooden skewer before baking, in case if you are planning to hang the cookies for decoration.

You can decorate it with butter icing or royal icing after the cookies cool completely.

You can even decorate the cookies with raisins or candies when the cookies are warm.

You can decorate it as reindeer, if you turn the gingerbread man the other way round (see 3 rd picture above).

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