I’m finished my first semester of nursing FINALLY. As a post-finals/pre-Christmas celebration, Theresa, my nursing comrade, suggested a group of us get together and decorate gingerbread cookies!
Theresa lent me cookie cutters because I don’t have the right one to make the people, but the proportions weren’t quite right. I decided that the best thing to do was make a stencil, though I think you’re supposed to transfer the pattern to wax paper… I was lazy…
Sitting, drinking wine and egg nog with rum, complaining about our program, and decorating cookies was a pretty excellent way to start the holidays!
Bubbly red wine: must have for cookie decorating!
I’ve actually never made gingerbread before, so this was definitely a shot in the dark. Even after making gingerbread houses, I’ve never actually tried gingerbread before so I didn’t really know what good gingerbread is supposed to be like, so thank you to whoever Eileen is for her wonderful recipe 🙂
Eileen’s Spicy Gingerbread Men
½ cup butter
½ cup (115 g) sugar
½ cup molasses
1 egg yolk
2 cups (300 g) sifted all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and molasses, and mix until combined (scrape down the bowl with a spatula once or twice).
- In a separate bowl combine all the dry ingredients, stir with spoon so everything is distributed evenly.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet, blending on low speed until smooth. Chill for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle flour onto a clean surface and roll out the dough until it is a quarter inch thick (according to the original recipe). Cut out your shapes using cookie cutters (or stencils).
- Bake on a cookie sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper) for 8-10 minutes.