Gingerbread Men Project

10:39 AM

After a two-day prep for these cookies, I’m happy to say we are finished.  We only had one casualty during the process.  I felt like I was in a Shrek movie the entire time. 
The head and foot fell off, so we ate them first.

The outcome was well-worth it.  We have happy faces all around and that includes the dog.  She’s been licking the crumbs off of the floor all morning.
The recipe that we followed said we’d make 11 cookies.  We used one big and two small cookie cutters, which made the project go on forever.  I would recommend only using the big cookie cutter.  I have built muscles from all of the rolling I did this morning.
I couldn’t find Red Hots at the grocery store, so I compromised and used Candy Buttons.  My oldest loved that part.  I was afraid they would melt, but they look great!  And it allows for a variety of colors.  Festive!
What You Will Need:

2 C Flour, plus 4 C to stiffen the dough
1 C Butter, softened
1 ½ C Brown sugar, packed
2 Eggs
2/3 C Molasses
1/3 C lemon juice, or a little less
2 T Baking Powder
2 ½ tsp ground Ginger
2 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Ground Cloves
¼ tsp Nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Raisins for eyes
Red hots for buttons if you can find them
Candy Buttons
2 cookie sheets
Parchment paper
Large bowl
Medium bowl
Hand mixer
Rolling pin
Frosting (recipe below)
Note: Cookie dough should be made at least 1 hour before baking and chilled.  I chilled overnight.
1)      Cream butter and add brown sugar in large bowl.
2)      Add eggs, molasses and lemon juice.  Mix well.
3)      In medium bowl, mix 2 C flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, nutmeg and salt.  Sift together overtop wax paper.

I sift with this guy.  Just as effective.
4)      Sift remaining flour into the EMPTY medium bowl and set aside.
5)      Pour flour MIXTURE into butter mixture gradually. 
6)      To stiffen dough, add flour (set aside) into dough gradually until completely mixed.
7)      Roll dough into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for hour.
8)      Preheat oven to 375˚.
9)      Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Sprinkle with flour.  Roll out enough dough to make about 4 large Gingerbread Men.  Decorate with raisins and candy buttons.  Bake for 12-14 minutes.  Repeat until no more dough.  Cool completely.

For Frosting:
What You Will Need:
½ C butter, softened
1/3 whole milk or half and half
2 C powdered sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1)      Cream together all ingredients on medium speed.
2)      Decorate Gingerbread Men.

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