Gingerbread Men CookiesHappy Halloween! I thought today I would start off the holidays with a recipe. Sure, Christmas and other holiday decorations have been out in shops at least for a month or so but today is all about being spooky. Being spooky with gingerbread men!

Gingerbread Men Cookies-2I made an army of men, but you can make an army of bunnies (their skeleton was too tricky, I’m pretty crappy at icing), shoes, stars or whatever you want. I like to make these cookies a bit thick so they are still chewy and not so crunchy.

Gingerbread Men Cookies-3They do puff up a bit and spread a tiny bit so just don’t place them on top of each other and you will be fine. I didn’t include an icing recipe but mine is just almond milk and confectioners sugar mixed until I can pipe it. Start with 2 cups of confectioners sugar and add 2-3 tablespoons of almond milk to see if it’s enough.

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Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat margarine and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses, oil and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into gingerbread men or other shapes. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheets.
  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate cooled cookies as desired. Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.
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