How to make it

  • Into a bowl, combine flour, baking soda,salt, ginger,nutmeg,cinnamon,allspice & cloves.
  • Set this mixture aside...
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar and molasses thoroughly.
  • Stir in the flour mixture, and mix until well combined .
  • Use your hands -- if you don’t like the idea of doing this, you can use plastic gloves to handle the dough.
  • Form this dough into four balls.
  • Wrap these in waxed paper or plastic storage bags and refrigerate for at least 5 hours.
  • Make gingerbread-man shaped design out of heavy cardboard -- or use a cookie cutter in desired shape....
  • Preheat your oven about 5 minutes to 375*F...
  • Remove only one ball of dough at a time, to cut--- the dough should stay cold to work with-- it retains its shape better.
  • Press currants into the dough for eyes and buttons...
  • Make mouth with tip of knife, cutting into a smiling \/ shape.
  • Bake about 8 minutes or until golden brown.
  • emove at once and cool --
  • this recipe should make about 2 dozen cookies.
  • *****Hint-- for softer cookies, remove from oven sooner.
  • For harder, crisper cookies-- leave in the oven about 1 minute longer.
  • Icing
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cups sugar
  • In medium bowl, beat the egg white with the sugar, adding sugar gradually.
  • When all the sugar is added, add one tbsp of water.
  • Beat until the mixture is smooth and stiff.
  • Using a pastry bag with writing tip (or tip of your preference) pipe this onto each cookie to shape jacket, pants, shorts, caps, etc........ the more variety and color, the better.
  • . *****Hint: If you are coloring this icing, check consistency for addition of vegetable coloring.
  • If you need to thicken it a little more, add a touch more sugar and beat again to desired consistency.

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  • lasaf 13 years ago
    If you made the anatomically correct, you would then be politically correct. Just saying...
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    " It was excellent "
    dagnabbit ate it and said...
    always loved gingebread men as a kid, and still do as an adult. Thanks Elaine. This recipe brings back VERY fond memories of when my Mom made them :)
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  • chefelaine 13 years ago
    Thanks for the comments and ratings. Greatly appreciated! :+D
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    " It was excellent "
    sharyl4 ate it and said...
    Have never made gingerbread men before. Looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks!
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  • momo_55grandma 13 years ago
    great gingerbread men high 5 thanks
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