Gingerbread people cookies, made with molasses and spices, are a favorite among cookie lovers during the holidays.
For many, gingerbread — and the gingerbread man — bring back happy childhood memories of decorating these characters with friends and family.
Try using the Royal Icing (recipe here) to decorate and serve them as the centerpiece while sharing time and memories with others. The icing hardens when dry, making it a favorite for durable decorations and ornamental writing.
Gingerbread man / Gingerbread people cookies recipe
3-1/2 cups White Lily All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg
3/4 cup unsulfured molasses Royal Icing
Whisk together flour, ginger, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Beat 30 seconds. Add flour mixture. Beat on low until combined (dough will be sticky). Divide dough into thirds. Spoon each third of dough onto plastic wrap. Shape into disks and wrap tightly. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm (may refrigerate up to 2 days).
Heat oven to 350 F. Using one disk at a time, place dough on floured surface and roll out to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness. Dust with flour as needed to prevent sticking. Cut out cookies with floured cutters. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes for soft cookies or 11 to 12 minutes for crisper cookies. Remove immediately to cooling rack. Cool completely. Make Royal Icing. Decorate cookies as desired.