It just wouldn’t be Christmas without these little guys marching out of my oven. Friends and family look forward to receiving these cookies from me year after year. This recipe produces a chewy cookie. Decorate with Royal Icing or your favorite frosting.
Makes 24 3 1/2 inch gingerbread men.
You will need:
2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup molasses
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Using a heavy duty mixer, combine first 6 ingredients. Add egg and mix. Add molasses and continue to mix until creamy.
Add together flour, baking powder and baking soda in a separate bowl. Sift. Slowly add flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix until well blended. Remove from mixing bowl and divide dough into 2 discs. Cover in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour. If dough is too sticky, put in freezer for about 20 minutes before rolling it out. It is important to keep the dough cold.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll out 1/4 of the dough at a time to 1/8″ thickness or slightly thicker between 2 pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter and transfer to a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.
Leave in pan for 5 minutes then move to a wire rack to cool. Decorate when completely cooled.