There are several recognizable symbols of Christmas, and one such symbol is the gingerbread man cookie. History tells us this cookie has been around since the 15th century. In fairy tales, a gingerbread man comes to life, gets into mischief, and is eventually eaten by a fox. In 2006, the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce in Texas created the world’s largest gingerbread man cookie. Standing over 20 feet high and weighing more than 1,300 lbs., he took the Guinness Book of Records prize.
EZ Gingerbread Man Cookies
Make delicious gingerbread man cookies anytime with this easy recipe.
EZ Gingerbread Man Cookies
How Do You Eat Your Gingerbread Man Cookies
There has even been a personality study done on the way folks eat their gingerbread man cookies. Some psychologists claim people who bite off the heads first have an aggressive personality. For those of you who like to begin with the arms, if you start with the left you are considered to be creative, and if you begin with the right you are pessimistic. Lastly, those who like to eat the legs of the gingerbread man first you are an empathetic person. This personality test is all in good fun, of course, and I wouldn’t take it too seriously. The gingerbread man cookie is as fun to make as it is to eat.
Ingredients - EZ Gingerbread Man Cookies
Prep time 45 min - Total time 60 min
Ingredients for 12 servings
1/3 Cup Butter (softened) • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar • 1 Egg • 1/3 Cup Unsulfured Molasses • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour • 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger • 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda • 3/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon • Pinch of Salt • Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter • Royal Icing: • 1 Tablespoon powdered egg whites • 2 Tablespoon water • 1 3/4 cup sugar • 1/2 Teaspoon lemon juice
1. Combine the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl mix the egg, molasses, flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Combine the egg mixture with the butter and brown sugar mixture. When all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 5 hours.
2. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured board. Using the Gingerbread Man cookie cutter, cut cookies and place on a greeted and floured baking sheet at least one inch apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
3. Cool on a baking rack and use Royal Icing to decorate.
4. Royal Icing: Mix powdered egg whites with water. Combine egg white mixture, sugar, juice and whisk until soft peaks begin to form. If icing is too thin add additional powdered sugar. Spoon icing into a Ziploc bag and make a small cut in the bottom corner.
Anytime is a Good Time for Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread cookie men usually come out to play during Christmas, but you can enjoy them anytime. Make them into mummies during Halloween, a bride and groom during Valentine’s Day, surfers during the summer, and the list goes on.
A little sugar, a little spice, gingerbread cookies are oh so nice.