Gingerbread Man and Woman Recipe

Festive cooking never fails to bring out the Kid in us - esp baking. The fun of loved ones milling about, shouts of laughter and arguments, kids running here and there makes us jump with utmost glee. Thanksgiving always reminds me of the Gingerbread Man, of course after Pumpkin Pie. I just realized that I had almost all the gingery bites posted. Right from Gingerbread to Gingersnaps to Ginger Cookies and I seemed to have missed on the most funnest of them all - yes Gingerbread Man.Gingerbread Man is actually a cookie and is based on a fairy tale.It is crunchy and has a delicious bite to it.


I have tried many recipes but the one I love most is this one which I stumbled upon all of a sudden when I ran out of ingredients right in the middle of making a batch. I ran out on Brown sugar and Molasses, two essential ingredients and dint have enough as asked for in the recipe. So instead I made use of some brown Rice syrup and Demerera Sugar lying in my pantry and VIOLA! This one was a total winner.

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  • Yields: Makes 4-6 cookies (depending on size and thickness)
Ingredients
  • For the Cookie
  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Molasses
  • 1/8th cup brown Rice Syrup (alternatively you can use 2/3 cup of Molasses)
  • 1/4 cup Demerera sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (alternatively you can use 1/2 cup of brown sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • For the Icing
  • 2 cups confectioner sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temp.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • About 1-1/2 tbsp milk
Method
1. Sift all the dry ingredients together for the cookies in a bowl.
2. Now beat the sugar and the butter together.
3. Add rest of the wet ingredients till they come well together.
4. Mix the dry into the wet and make into a dough.Wrap in a plastic sheet and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours. Then remove and set aside in the counter to get to room temperature. Now on a floured parchment/wax paper, place the cookie dough and roll it out using a rolling pin.
5. Roll it to 1/8th inch thickness and cut out Gingerbread Man shapes using the cookie cutter. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake it in a preheated oven at 350F. I had one single one in the shape as given above. I did a freehand to cut a Man and used this for a woman :)
6. It should be done in about 8-10min and you know its done when the edges start browning slightly.Remove and cool completely.
7. For the Icing : Mix the butter and sugar together. Lightly blend in the milk and vanilla till it forms into an icing consistancy. If too thick, add little more milk otherwise add more sugar if too watery. Now decorate the cookies as per your needs.

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By Saraswathi Iyer on Dec 12, 2010

So cute. just love it.

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By Susan from Food Blogga on Nov 27, 2008

Who doesn't love classic gingerbread men? And these little guys (and gals) look especially chewy and delicious.

By karuna on Nov 26, 2008

such cute gingerbread men. reminds of my school story books. i am sure they must b tasting real good too

By Curry Leaf on Nov 26, 2008

Pretty and perfect GB Family.Pass it over,I am drooling.I love these cookies

By Soma on Nov 26, 2008

What a cute couple:-) Great neat job!

By Medhaa on Nov 26, 2008

these are perfect, looks good

By raaji on Nov 26, 2008

Vow divya the Ginger family looks so pretty.......and i love the icing u made...

By Madhu on Nov 26, 2008

they look so cute and lovely,i like ginger cookies.

By Ramya Vijaykumar on Nov 26, 2008

Both Ginger bread woman and men look great I dont make so much cookies and baked goodies, atleast until we have kids... Everytime I make cookies or muffins frnds say I just a kid and never have grown up in food habits so I kids keep them away but these are kewl I did love to make them...

By AnuSriram on Nov 26, 2008

That looks wonderful! A happy ginger family! Love them!

By Kitchen Flavours on Nov 26, 2008

Wow pictorial view makes the recipe simple and easy to understand. Cookies looks soft and crunchy.

By DEESHA on Nov 26, 2008

that really does look like a lot of fun

By Happy cook on Nov 26, 2008

My daughter loves these cookies. Especially when she was younger.
Yours looks so perfect .
Send this to Susan from foodblogga for her christmas cookies event

By Priya on Nov 26, 2008

Cute couple...ginger family looks delicious..

By Nags on Nov 26, 2008

so pretty! and u did an amazing free hand there :)

By Sunshinemom on Nov 26, 2008

They looks such a happy couple:) Why not, when made with so much love and nice thoughts behind them!! Very pretty - for me it is all about the fairy tale:)

By Cham on Nov 25, 2008

Seeing those pict, my son declared wow cookies? I said yes Ginger family! Very pretty