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I love to be surrounded by good-looking men! Especially during the Holidays when they smell like cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and they wear cute bow ties, and let me nibble on their hands! What can I say! I get weak in the knee’s when these guys hang around! 😉
There are just certain holiday baked goods that say “Merry Christmas!” Well…some YELL it! Gingerbread men are definitely one of the screamers! They make me smile and hum a little Christmas carol. To quote my good friend Winnie the Pooh… “I get Rumbly in my Tumbly” when I spy one of these handsome devils!
I found this amazing “Spiced Gingerbread Man” recipe several years ago through Pinterest, on the website “The Comfort of Cooking.” Now as usual I’ve changed a few things up…mainly the steps to make them. I’ve simplified them down just a bit. This recipe will make about 24 yummy crispy spicy, perfect for dunking, Gingerbread men!
Start out by mixing all your dry ingredients together. Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger (ummm they are gingerbread men! lol), cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.
In your mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended. Add molasses and vanilla. YUM! (I love the smell of molasses…I know..weird!) With your mixer on low-speed, gradually add in the dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
Gather the dough with your hands into a ball. Divide it in half and shape each half into a round disk and wrap each half with plastic wrap. Refrigerate up to 4 days.
When you are ready to bake up these amazing little men…bring the dough to a semi-cold room temperature. Don’t let them get all the way to room temp or the dough will be sticky and difficult to work with.
Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick on a well floured surface. I use my dough disc. Now this another one of those products that I seriously could not live without! I honestly think EVERY kitchen should have one! Let me share it with you and please know this is an affiliate link. However, as always I will only share products I use and LOVE! Let me share a little bit about it!
I use my dough disc about 500 times a year…easy! It makes rolling out any dough or pie crust a…well…a piece of cake! A little flour on the cloth cover and nothing sticks to it and things just roll out with ease! When you are done you just wash the cloth cover in your washing machine! That easy! I spent years watching my mom rolls dough between two sheets of wax paper. I got my dough disc off the home shopping network 25 years ago and I’m still using it!!! Worth EVERY penny! You can click right here to be taken directly to the link on Amazon. Tell Santa you HAVE to have one! I love that the new one has measurements printed right on the fabric cover! Wish mine did!
If you don’t have a dough disc just be sure to flour your surface well or you can roll it between two sheets of wax paper!
Once your dough is rolled out you can begin to cut out your Gingerbread Men. I have a baby ginger man who I use in the little spots in-between. When using cookie cutters be sure to wiggle them slightly so that you know you’ve cut all around the cutter.
Transfer the cookies onto a baking sheet that is lined with either your silicone baking sheet or parchment paper. This will keep those “hunk-a hunk-a burning loves” from sticking to the pan.
Bake one sheet at a time for 7-9 minutes. Let cookies rest on baking sheet for about 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
Once cookies are completely cool, decorate as desired. I made Royal icing using Wilton Meringue powder! I love royal icing for Sugar cookies and Gingerbread men! It dries hard and is so easy to work with. I also bought the Wilton plastic frosting bags so that I could just “toss” them when I was done! Snip off the tip of the plastic bag and you are good to go! Made decorating a breeze!
I placed them on my cooling rack till the frosting was dried then I placed them in an air tight container with wax paper between the layers to keep them nice and neat! These freeze really well! (My gingerbread men look like they’ve been using tanning lotion in this photo! Gads the lighting was off…Sorry folks! They really are not orange!)
Aren’t they darling?!!! I absolutely love these little guys and how yummy they are! Nothing better than a good-looking de-licious man! (wink-wink) They go perfect with a nice big tall glass of cold milk!
Since they are a crispy gingerbread cookie they are the optimal dunking cookie! Who hasn’t wanted to shove a man’s head down a glass of milk during the holidays and then bite it off?!!! (Oh come on! I can’t be the only one!!! lol)
Alright…in all seriousness these spicy fella’s have to be part of your holiday cookie baking list! Then you and all the twin brother’s can sit back and watch a Hallmark Christmas Movie! (Pssst…I hear these guys don’t mind “chick flicks”!) Happy Baking my Nest Friends! The printable recipe is right below! Let me know how your holiday baking is going? I always love hearing from you!
I’m sharing these delicious little men over on the Special Christmas Cookie Edition of Meal Plan Monday. Click HERE to join the fun!
I love these happy guys so much I’m going to share them on the Weekend Potluck Link Party. If you’d like to see them and find other amazing Holiday recipes hop on over by clicking here!
Happy Holiday Nesting!