Ginger Man

gingerbread


Ingredients:
*3 cups of all purpose flour
*¾ teaspoon baking soda
*2 teaspoons ground ginger
* ¼ teaspoon salt
*¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
*¼ teaspoon ground cloves
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* ½ cup unsalted butter
*½ cup granulated white sugar
*1 large egg
* 2/3 cup unsulphured molasses


For frosting you will need the following ingredients:
*½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
*1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*2 cups of confectioners sugar, sifted
*1 ½ tablespoons of milk or light cream
*Assorted food coloring if you want colorful icing


Methods:
01.To make the gingerbread, you need to first whisk together the salt, flour, baking soda, and spices in a large bowl.  Now using your electric mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar in this separate location until it becomes light and fluffy.  Next add the molasses and egg and beat it until it is well combined.  Add the flour mixture slowly and beat the mixture until the flour mix is incorporated into the rest of the mixture.


02.Now you will need to remove the dough from the mixer and divide the dough in half.  Wrap each half in plastic wrap and then refrigerate either overnight or at minimum two hours.


03.When the dough has sufficiently cooled in the refrigerator, now it is time to prepare for baking.  Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit .  You will need to line two baking sheets with parchment paper in preparation for the baking.


04.Next you need a slightly floured surface.  Roll the dough out to a thickness of about ¼ inch.  Using a gingerbread cutter, cut out all of your gingerbread men shapes.  Lift the cut out cookies onto the baking sheet using a spatula.  Place the cookies about 1 inch apart on the sheet.  If you plan to hang the cookies or use them as gift tags, you will need to put a hole in the top of each cookie by using a straw.


05.Bake the gingerbread cookies for about 8-12 minutes, depending on how big the gingerbread cookies are.  If you have rather small cookies, they will take closer to eight minutes, and for larger cookies, closer to 12 minutes.  Just be sure to keep your eye on them and check them often because I would hate for you to burn your cookies!  When you see that your cookies are firm and the edges are just beginning to turn brown, you will know that your cookies are ready for removal from the oven.  Once you have removed them, place them on a baking sheet for about a minute, and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool off completely.


06.While you are waiting for the gingerbread cookies to cool, now you can prepare your confectioners frosting.  Using an electric mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter until it is well blended and smooth.  Add the vanilla extract.  Put the mixer on low speed, and begin to beat in the sugar slowly.  Scrape the mixture off the sides of the bowl and beater, and then add in the milk.  Beat it at high speed until the frosting is light and fluffy.  This will probably take about 3-4 minutes.  If the mixture is too dry, add a little more milk.  Put the frosting in a pastry bag that is fitted with a decorative tip and decorate your gingerbread man as you would like.  This recipe will make about three dozen cookies, depending on the size of your gingerbread men.


07.When decorating your gingerbread cookies, you can press candies, raisins, or currants into the cookie for eyes and use your frosting for colorful clothing.  You can also use the icing you made as the glue to help you attach the sprinkles, raisins, and candies.

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