12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES – GINGERSNAP PEOPLE

11720331853_c7a09a66dc_oDay 11 – These days it’s courting trouble to call them Gingerbread Men so let’s just agree on Gingersnap People, since it’s really a gingersnap cookie. They look pretty non-human anyway, especially these. As you can tell, cookie decorating is not my thing but luckily kids don’t care. You’ll have to trust that these are way better than they look. A real blogger would make another batch and make them look better but after baking cookies for 11 days I’m not gonna do that. The picture at right is what they look like in normal cookie form.

We’ve always made our People with this recipe. The rest of the year we just make regular round cookies, but it’s easy to roll out the dough and cut out your preferred shape. Because there’s quite a lot of sugar and molasses here you’ll need to pay attention during baking. They will burn easily. Adjust baking time to suit the thickness you make, preferably 1/8.” Thicker ones rise too much to hold their shape. Decorate or not, but a bit of white frosting and sanding sugar is a nice touch. My gingerbread shape is about 6″ long so this recipe only makes about 2 dozen of them, 1/8″ thick. Since I don’t have any decorating tools, I made a thick powdered sugar and milk glaze and squeezed it through a tiny hole in a heavy ziplock bag until it was used up, then I just slathered it on the last few and tried to cover my work with sanding sugar.

– Joan, 13 December 2018

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Gingerbread People

  • Servings: 2-3 dozen cookies 1/8 in. thick
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  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Cream butter with sugar, mix in egg and molasses. Blend flour with soda, salt and spices and mix in. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Roll out dough to 1/8″ thickness and cut out shapes. The dough is sticky and soft so use plenty of flour and be prepared to move them with a spatula. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake 6 minutes. Cool completely and decorate as desired.

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