LOOKING for: Gingerbread Men Recipe

msubobcatOctober 6, 2008

To all holiday cookie bakers: Does anyone have a good recipe for cut out gingerbread men? The recipes I have all result in a cookie that raises or puffs up too much to decorate or frost properly. Are there any recipes out there that produce a flatter cookie, easier to decorate and nicer to display? I'd also like to use the same recipe for Halloween cut out cookies for my childrens' parties.

Thanks, in advance, to all you fantastic cookie bakers out there!

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I've had good luck with this one. Read the introduction, too. It might be helpful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gingerbread Men

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 3:09PM
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Thank you Ginger. The link is great and the Gingerbread Man recipe sounds very delicious. I'm going to give it a test run this week-end and try out my Halloween cookies. Keep your fingers crossed for me!


    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 5:02PM
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Good luck. Bookmark that site. They have some amazing recipes.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 10:37PM
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Here's the recipe I use
1/2 cup shortening ( crisco)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses ( I like dark...but light works)
1/4 cup cold coffee
2 1/2 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs and liquids and mix.
Sift 1 cup of the flour with the salt and spices (or stir together) and add that to the shortening/ sugar egg mix....and add as much of the remaining flour as needed to make a stiff dough capable of being rolled out.
Chill, roll and cut out and bake on parchment at 375 about 8 to 10 minutes.
Notice there is no leavening....and there is crisco instead of butter. The cookies bake up very crisp....good for dunking....and great for gingerbread men....and small houses. This is not a tender "melt in your mouth cookie"...but delicious!
You may also want to add more spices, if you like a spicy gingerbread man!...don't take me wrong here! LOL!
Linda C

    Bookmark   October 9, 2008 at 6:44PM
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Thanks, LindaC! I'm going to try your recipe, too! I'm looking for a crisp type cookie! Yum!
So sorry for my late reponse...been in Montana and just got back. B'rrrr. Thanks again!!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2008 at 3:44PM
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