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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Men

These classic cookies are a great party treat as well as holiday decorations.

Real Simple DECEMBER 2004

  • Yield: Makes 3 dozen medium gingerbread men

Ingredients

  • 5 to 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a large bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium until smooth. Add the molasses and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture 1 cup at a time, blending until smooth. The dough should gather into a semifirm mass. (If it's not firm, add another ¼ to ½ cup flour, but not enough to make it crumbly.) Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Flatten into disks and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 1 week. Preheat oven to 350° F. On a floured surface, roll each disk to 1/8 inch thick. Use gingerbread-man cutters to make shapes. Transfer them to a large, parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Decorate, if desired. Bake until firm to the touch, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly before transferring to a rack

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 32mg
  • Calories: 164
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Carbohydrate: 27g
  • Cholesterol: 19mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Protein: 2mg
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 92mg
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