Mini Gingerbread Men

24 Dec

For someone that doesn’t have a lot of time on my hands….wow I seem to have a lot of time on my hands.

Why did I think it was a good idea to buy the world’s smallest cookie cutter?

Why did I think it was the best idea to cut out a million mini gingerbread men?

Why did I think it was a perfectly logical idea to put buttons on said gingerbread men?

Who the heck knows….but what I do know is that they’re probably the cutest ever. They’re pretty tasty too.

They take a fraction of the time it took to make them…. to eat them.

I’m ok with this.

Some things are just worth all that effort.

Well that’s what I think anyway.

You might not agree with me and you may never make these. I’m ok with this too.

But you have to at least appreciate the fact that they’re adorable and scrumptious looking. Festive. Fun.

The end.

Gingerbread Men

4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

11 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed

3 large eggs
2/3 cup molasses (blackstrap)..i use fancy…i like it better.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.

In a large bowl by hand (or with an electric mixer) cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. Add the sugar and mix again until light and creamy. Blend in the eggs one at a time and then the molasses. Add the flour mixture in two additions either by hand or on low speed. Divide the dough into two pieces, wrap each in plastic and chill for an hour or so.

Heat oven to 350 degrees, racks in the middle, and line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats. Set aside.

Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured countertop roughly 1/8-inch thick and cut into gingerbread men (or other desired shapes). Transfer to baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar (optional) and bake for 7 -10 minutes (for 3 – 4-inch cookies), less for smaller cookies, more for larger.

Makes about 3 dozen four-inch gingerbread men.

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One Response to “Mini Gingerbread Men”

  1. Clayton December 24, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Crazy tasty! Fun too.

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