11 Pipers Piping: Gingerbread Men

These Gingerbread Men are so delicious! They are super spicy and not overly sweet. They are soft, which I like. Be sure to use fresh spices, less than a few years old.

11 Pipers Piping: Gingerbread Men
adapted from Penzeys One

1 1/2 c dark molasses
1 c sugar
1/4 c plus 1 T cold water
1/2 c butter, softened
7 c flour
2 t baking powder
1 t salt
1 T ground ginger
1 t ground allspice
1 t ground cloves
1 t cinnamon

Cream together the molasses, sugar, water and butter with a handheld mixer. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining (dry) ingredients. Add the flour mixture in three stages. You may have to use your hands to get it fully incorporated. If it is too dry, add a little water. Do not over mix. Cover it well and refrigerate for 2 hours. It is much easier to work with the dough when it's cold.

Preheat oven to 350. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface (or nonstick mat) with a lightly floured rolling pin. Cut with cookie cutters and place gingerbread men on lightly greased cookie sheets. Place unused dough in the refrigerator (or freezer!) until you are ready to roll it out and repeat the process. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

If you want your cookies more crispy, bake a little longer.



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