Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gingerbread Men (and Women) Cookies

Is Martha Stewart God? This recipe makes me wonder. It is the best, most forgiving dough on earth. You can re-roll it over and over (just try not to over do it on the flour) and the flavor is nothing short of celestial. Plus any dough that lets you make any body part you want is golden in my book.

Just be glad I only shared the PG 13 versions...

Gingerbread Men (and Women) Cookies
* From Martha Stewart Living
* The icing pictured is good old, store bought decorating icing (I'm lazy!)
* Do NOT over bake these - they are finished when they puff slightly and evenly across and are LIGHT golden - not dark.
* Use a light hand when measuring the flour - be sure not to 'pack' it in.

6 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon finely ground pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus 1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 large eggs
1 cup unsulfured molasses

Royal Icing, for decorating
Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder into a large bowl. Set aside.

Put butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until fluffy. Mix in spices and salt, then eggs and molasses. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Divide dough into thirds; wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface to a 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes with people cookie cutters or whatever shapes you like. Make 'hair' for them if desired by placing a small bit of dough through a garlic press, then scraping it off the press with the back of a knife. Once crafted, space the cookies 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. If the dough has become too warm and your people are getting falling apart while assembling/baking, refrigerate it until firm again, about 15 minutes.

Bake cookies until crisp but not dark, 8-10 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.

Decorate away!


Bridgett said...

These are too cute, plus kudos to you for rolling your own dough, etc. I am so bad at doing all of that so I am impressed by anyone who does it easily. I might have to try this recipe since it is forgiving!

Design Wine and Dine said...

These are the best thing ever! I needed that!!!!!

Velva said...

That is so adorable. Love it. What a creative was to do gingerbreads.

Jenn said...

LOL.. now those are cute! I never would have thought to make them anatomically correct!! lol

Natalie said...

LOL! I like the one from Dallas (--or maybe LA?), but the old g-bread man in the Speedo is my fav!

Brownieville Girl said...

Great fun!

Diana's Cocina said...

These are cute. A must try.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love those cheeky gingerbread men/women! Cute.

Happy holidays!



Ashley said...

I so wish I had seen this post days ago! Those are both hilarious and look so delicious! I'll save this post and try it out next year! Merry Christmas!!

Ali said...

Haha, those gingerbread women are funny. Too bad there wasn't enough room for the refund gap. ;)