Spicy Gingerbread Men

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Photo by Philip Friedman; Styling: Michelle Gatton
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  • Makes about 4 dozen depending on size of cookie cutter
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In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, chili powder, espresso powder, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, salt and pepper.

In a separate large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, molasses, and honey and stir until well combined. Sprinkle the flour mixture into the butter mixture a small scoopful at a time and stir gently until the dough begins to form and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Using your hands, work the dough into a large ball, place it on a sheet of plastic wrap, flatten it into a disc and wrap it tightly. Chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight.

Heat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the chilled dough into 4 equal parts. On a lightly-floured work surface, roll one section to 1/4"-inch thickness. (Place the other sections back in the refrigerator to chill until you are ready to use them,) Cut the dough into shapes using a large gingerbread man cookie cutter (or another shape of your choice) and gently transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool cookies on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat the process with remaining dough.

Ingredients

  1. Check cups all purpose flour
  2. Check ½ teaspoon baking powder
  3. Check tablespoons cocoa powder
  4. Check teaspoon red chili powder
  5. Check teaspoon espresso powder
  6. Check 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  7. Check teaspoons allspice
  8. Check teaspoons ground cinnamon
  9. Check 1 teaspoon table salt
  10. Check 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  11. Check 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  12. Check ¾ cup granulated sugar
  13. Check 1 egg
  14. Check ½ cup robust molasses
  15. Check 3 tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, chili powder, espresso powder, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  2. In a separate large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, molasses, and honey and stir until well combined. Sprinkle the flour mixture into the butter mixture a small scoopful at a time and stir gently until the dough begins to form and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Using your hands, work the dough into a large ball, place it on a sheet of plastic wrap, flatten it into a disc and wrap it tightly. Chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  3. Heat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the chilled dough into 4 equal parts. On a lightly-floured work surface, roll one section to 1/4"-inch thickness. (Place the other sections back in the refrigerator to chill until you are ready to use them,) Cut the dough into shapes using a large gingerbread man cookie cutter (or another shape of your choice) and gently transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool cookies on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat the process with remaining dough.

 

Storage tip: these cookies taste even better the day after they are made.