Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Men

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Men
Hector Sanchez

Serves 36
preparation
60
minutes
cooking
210
minutes

Ingredients

5 to 5 1/2
cups
all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon
baking soda
3/4
teaspoon
salt
2
teaspoons
ground ginger
1
tablespoon
ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon
ground nutmeg
1/2
teaspoon
ground cloves
1
cup
(2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1
cup
packed light brown sugar
1
large egg, at room temperature
1
cup
unsulfured molasses
1
teaspoon
vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a large bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium until smooth. Add the molasses and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture 1 cup at a time, blending until smooth. The dough should gather into a semi-firm mass. (If it's not firm, add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour, but not enough to make it crumbly.)
  2. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Flatten into disks and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 1 week.
  3. Preheat oven to 350° F. On a floured surface, roll each disk to 1/8 inch thick. Use gingerbread-man cutters to make shapes. Transfer them to a large, parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Decorate, if desired. Bake until firm to the touch, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly before transferring to a rack.

 

 

Cynthia Nicholson
December 2004

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories From Fat 29 %
  • Calcium 32 mg
  • Carbohydrate 27 g
  • Cholesterol 19 mg
  • Fat 5 g
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Iron 2 mg
  • Protein 2 mg
  • Sat Fat 3 g
  • Sodium 92 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.