When I received an invite for a Chrismukkah party recently, I first came to terms with the fact that it wouldn’t in fact be held on the beach in the O.C., and then decided to make gingerbread men (and gingersnowmen, and gingercandycanes)! This was a first. I hadn’t made this recipe before but have had a slew of gingerbread kitchen mishaps, like the time I tried to make a true gingerbread house (versus pasting graham crackers on a box with icing), and the recipe called for 9 cups of flour, which doesn’t exactly fit into a regular sized mixer when you add other ingredients. Flour all over the kitchen, recipe fail, and therefore, I resorted to another trip to the store to purchase slice-and-bake ready-made gingerbread dough. Let’s just say the foundation of that house wasn’t the strongest.
This time, the recipe I found turned out to be JUST perfect. Not sticky, not dry, firm, full of flavor, and as Goldilocks says, “juuuuust right” for cookie-cutter-ing. My friend Jess was the perfect co-baker, keeping us on track with measurements and ingredients.
I wish I could find the recipe that inspired me to decorate these gingerbread men and snowmen with gummi strip scarves to give them credit, but I lost it! Actually, that recipe used fruit leather for scarves, but we found sour gummi strips, and they were perfect! We could even fray the end of the scarves to make them more real. Other candies we used for decorations were: Sixlets, Mini M&M’s, sprinkles, and Red Hots. The Sixlets were the most popular and looked the cutest (in my opinion). The awesome $4.50 cookie-cutter set came from Michael’s. We also added black and yellow/red food coloring to the frosting to make the snowmen hats and orange carrot noses. Here’s the another photo and the recipe below! Get baking!
Recipe Modified from Joy of Baking:
- 3 cups (390 grams) all purposeflour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoonbaking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsaltedbutter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated whitesugar
- 1 largeegg
- 2/3 cup (160 ml) unsulphured molasses(To prevent molasses from sticking to the measuring cup, first spray the cup with a non stick vegetable spray.)
- 2 cups (230 grams) confectioners sugar(icing or powdered sugar), sifted
- 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons milkor light cream
Makes about 3 dozen cookies depending on the size of cookie cutter used.