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Gingerbread Men Cookies
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • ¾ cup (6oz/171g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (7.5oz/ 216g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup (9oz/ 260g) molasses/treacle (or honey if molasses isn't available)
  • 4 cups (1lb 2⅛oz, 537g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hours or overnight or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 in. thickness.
  3. Cut out your cookies with cookie cutters. Carefully place them on a baking tray lined with parchment.
  4. Bake at 350oF (180oC) for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Once cooled decorate with royal icing or store then in an air tight container for up to 7 days. The crisper they are the longer they will stay fresh.