Friday, November 14, 2008

Gingerbread Men


This is my first time making gingerbread men from scratch, instead of the roll of dough, and I am truly addicted to it! During a conversation with my closet blogger friend, who happens to live in the same town that I live in, Shanna, talked about her gingerbread recipe. She gave me nothing but fantastic reviews on this dough. Of course, I had to have the recipe and she willingly shared it. I totally agree with her on this. It is easy to mix together and very forgiving. One of the things that I really liked about it was that it did not spread. And the flavor is amazing! Thanks for the recipe Shanna! You rock! :)

This weekend is the annual Ladies Christmas Tea at my church. This thing is amazing each year. A theme is named and a committee of women get to planning. This year's theme is Holy Express based off of the movie Polar Express. There will be a general store, and this is where the baskets will be displayed for raffling off. And then there is the bakery and that is where these little guys come in handy. Every bakery has gingerbread men in stock at the holidays, right?

I will be making these again closer to Christmas!

Gingerbread

2/3 C brown sugar, packed
2/3 C molasses
1 t Ginger
1 t Cinnamon
1/2 t crushed cloves

3/4 T baking soda
2/3 C butter
1 egg
5 C all purpose flour

Heat brown sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to boiling point. Remove from heat, add baking soda, and pour over butter in a large mixing bowl. Stir until butter is melted, then stir in egg and flour thoroughly. Knead for a few minutes, then gather dough into a ball. Refrigerate dough until firm enough to roll easily. Roll on a lightly floured board and cut w/ shaped cutter of choice. Place on greased cookie sheet or parchment and bake in 325 degree oven for 8-12 minutes.

14 comments:

Tiffany said...

Ooh! I'm saving this. I've only made the non-edible kind, to make ornaments and decorations. I have 3D cookie cutters I want to use this year so I've been looking for a tried and true gingerbread recipe!

Dani said...

very, very cute :)

Shanbanan said...

You're very welcome, April. Glad to share. A man at church brought these to a Christmas dinner and said he got the recipe out of an old, old cookbook belonging to his mother. I just flipped over them. So glad that this recipe wasn't lost to the ages, and now it's seeing new life on the internet. So cool.

Mary said...

I love gingerbread men. I think they're my favorite cookie.

Megan said...

If you like regular gingerbread, wait until you try chocolate gingerbread. I'll be posting the recipe soon, they are simple and oh-so tasty!!

Megan said...

They are soo cute! If I were at the tea, I'd buy them all. :)

Jeanine said...

Those gingerbread men look wonderful! Looks like a really great recipe! I bet they go over very well at Church this weekend. :)

sarah @ Sweet Endeavors said...

My mouth is watering. I LOVE gingerbread! And molasses cookies. Tastes of the season!

Sophie said...

A holiday tea sounds like so much fun, and these gingerbread men are adorable :).

Maria said...

I love making gingerbread during the holidays! So festive and fun!

Lisa said...

Yes I have to save this one too. Gingerbread is a great thing!!! Thank you for the post!

Debbie said...

Oh how cute....I love gingerbread!

The Blonde Duck said...

I was just looking for a good gingerbread recipe! You read my mind!

brettinsky said...

Great recipe! This is one you have to always have handy-I will be printing this one!

You should have a cookie exchange! They are so much fun and fully stock your home with cookies for the holidays. My first year there were only 5 of us, but we still had a blast. Last year we more than doubled. I am not going to let it get bigger than 15 though. Have a great day!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Gingerbread Men


This is my first time making gingerbread men from scratch, instead of the roll of dough, and I am truly addicted to it! During a conversation with my closet blogger friend, who happens to live in the same town that I live in, Shanna, talked about her gingerbread recipe. She gave me nothing but fantastic reviews on this dough. Of course, I had to have the recipe and she willingly shared it. I totally agree with her on this. It is easy to mix together and very forgiving. One of the things that I really liked about it was that it did not spread. And the flavor is amazing! Thanks for the recipe Shanna! You rock! :)

This weekend is the annual Ladies Christmas Tea at my church. This thing is amazing each year. A theme is named and a committee of women get to planning. This year's theme is Holy Express based off of the movie Polar Express. There will be a general store, and this is where the baskets will be displayed for raffling off. And then there is the bakery and that is where these little guys come in handy. Every bakery has gingerbread men in stock at the holidays, right?

I will be making these again closer to Christmas!

Gingerbread

2/3 C brown sugar, packed
2/3 C molasses
1 t Ginger
1 t Cinnamon
1/2 t crushed cloves

3/4 T baking soda
2/3 C butter
1 egg
5 C all purpose flour

Heat brown sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to boiling point. Remove from heat, add baking soda, and pour over butter in a large mixing bowl. Stir until butter is melted, then stir in egg and flour thoroughly. Knead for a few minutes, then gather dough into a ball. Refrigerate dough until firm enough to roll easily. Roll on a lightly floured board and cut w/ shaped cutter of choice. Place on greased cookie sheet or parchment and bake in 325 degree oven for 8-12 minutes.

14 comments:

Tiffany said...

Ooh! I'm saving this. I've only made the non-edible kind, to make ornaments and decorations. I have 3D cookie cutters I want to use this year so I've been looking for a tried and true gingerbread recipe!

Dani said...

very, very cute :)

Shanbanan said...

You're very welcome, April. Glad to share. A man at church brought these to a Christmas dinner and said he got the recipe out of an old, old cookbook belonging to his mother. I just flipped over them. So glad that this recipe wasn't lost to the ages, and now it's seeing new life on the internet. So cool.

Mary said...

I love gingerbread men. I think they're my favorite cookie.

Megan said...

If you like regular gingerbread, wait until you try chocolate gingerbread. I'll be posting the recipe soon, they are simple and oh-so tasty!!

Megan said...

They are soo cute! If I were at the tea, I'd buy them all. :)

Jeanine said...

Those gingerbread men look wonderful! Looks like a really great recipe! I bet they go over very well at Church this weekend. :)

sarah @ Sweet Endeavors said...

My mouth is watering. I LOVE gingerbread! And molasses cookies. Tastes of the season!

Sophie said...

A holiday tea sounds like so much fun, and these gingerbread men are adorable :).

Maria said...

I love making gingerbread during the holidays! So festive and fun!

Lisa said...

Yes I have to save this one too. Gingerbread is a great thing!!! Thank you for the post!

Debbie said...

Oh how cute....I love gingerbread!

The Blonde Duck said...

I was just looking for a good gingerbread recipe! You read my mind!

brettinsky said...

Great recipe! This is one you have to always have handy-I will be printing this one!

You should have a cookie exchange! They are so much fun and fully stock your home with cookies for the holidays. My first year there were only 5 of us, but we still had a blast. Last year we more than doubled. I am not going to let it get bigger than 15 though. Have a great day!