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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Gingerbread Men


Peabody says she will not be a home wrecker and she prefers to eat molasses cookies. I am partial to Gingerbread Men. I like mine soft on the inside and a little crusty on the outside. Everyone eats gingerbread cookies in a different way; do you bite off the head first, one leg at a time, or by dunking them in a cup of cold milk... What's your preference?
This is an easy recipe for a gingerbread~ use yours to make a ginger family, or squares for building a gingerbread house.
Holiday Gingerbread
1 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup dark karo syrup
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 heaping Tbs cinnamon
1 heaping Tbs ginger
Using very soft butter, combine with sugars until smooth. Add vanilla and beaten egg, stir well. Sift together dry ingredients, and add slowly. Blend until a smooth dough. Cover with plastic and place in the fridge at least an hour (may sit overnight) On a floured surface roll out dough until 1/4 inch thick, cut with cookie cutters. Bake in a pre-heated oven @375 for 10-15 minutes. Cool before decorating with icing and sprinkles.
Many southern gingerbread recipes use shortening instead of butter, but I really like the butter recipe better. It makes me feel less guilty...eating little gingerbread men is bad enough.
Y'all enjoy!
Sandi

7 comments:

Kristen said...

Oh yay... Thank you for posting this recipe! My son has been begging to make gingerbread cookies, and I've been looking for a recipe without molasses. This looks easy and so good. We'll be making these soon.
Thanks for posting this!!

Sandi said...

Kristen- I hope y'all had fun making your gingerbread family...and eating them too.

Riana said...

Hi Sandi, I love your name :)
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen. I enjoy your blog too. I've just baked gingerbread for gingerbread house I plan to make for the 1st time! Very excited :)
I surely will check here again!

Kristen said...

Sandi -
Do you by any chance remember off the top of your head how many cookies this recipe yields??
Kristen

LnnLdy said...

Hi I was looking for a gingerbread cookie recipe with no molasses. I didn't have any and my grandson wanted ginerbread cookies! I'm so glad I found this one. I'm not a cookie ctting grandma so I didn't let the dough sit in the fridge at all. I simple began rolling about 2 T of dough into balls and then in sugar and putting them on the cookie sheet. My grandson became my official 'squisher'. We used a glass and flattened them like you do with PB cookies. We baked for only 8 to 10 minutes. They're great! He gave them an A+!
Thanks Sandi, for a great recipe that will now be a favorite!

Kristen Doyle said...

These have been a part of our holidays for the past 4 years. I think of you each time we make the recipe! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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Cute Ginger bread men and an abosutely delightful recipe!
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