Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Men

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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Men
Photo: Hector Sanchez
Hands On Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Yield:
36 serves

Ingredients

  • 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

164 Calories
5g Fat
27g Carbs
2mg Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 164
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Protein 2g
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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