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Video:Gingerbread Man Cookie

with Rachel Edelman

Gingerbread man cookies are one holiday treat your kids will love gobbling up, but not before they get to decorate them into unique characters. See how to bake gingerbread men from scratch.See Transcript

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Transcript:Gingerbread Man Cookie

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman for about.com. No cookie is more fun to make than the gingerbread man. Gingerbread man cookies are most popular during the winter season, and are a great way to celebrate the holidays. Plus, children love to decorate them.

Gingerbread Man Ingredients

To make the gingerbread man cookies, you will need:
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • gingerbread man-shaped cookie cutters
  • raisins, or candies
  • tubes of icing

Mix the Gingerbread Man Wet Ingredients

In an electric stand mixer, add the butter and the brown sugar. The butter should be at room temperature. You see how this gets nice and creamy. Next, pour in the molasses and blend it in. Once the molasses have been added, sift in the flour a bit at a time, mixing as you go.

Add the Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl, sift the cinnamon, the salt, the baking soda, and the ginger. Mix them together and then, add them to the bowl. Blend well. If you find that the dough is too crumbly, add 1-2 tablespoons of water to the mixture and blend again.

Chill the Cookie Dough

Once the dough has been mixed, wrap it in plastic and chill the dough for about 1-3 hours before cutting, so it's easier to work with. When the dough is ready to be cut, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out the Cookie Dough

Place some dough on a flat surface, and use a rolling pin to flatten it onto wax paper. Next, flour your cookie cutter to prevent the dough from sticking to its sides.

Cut Out Gingerbread Man Shapes

Then, begin cutting the dough out in gingerbread man shapes. I have one larger cutter, and one smaller one. Use a knife to pull away any extra dough.

Bake the Gingerbread Man Cookies

Once you have cut all of the gingerbread men out of the dough, carefully transfer them to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet with a spatula. You could bake them just as they are and fully decorate them later. Or you could add raisins or small, round candies to the gingerbread men now. Buttons are always a nice touch.

Place the gingerbread men in the oven at 350 degrees. Bake for about 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the dough.

Decorate the Gingerbread Men

After the gingerbread men have cooled, they're ready for the final decorating. Using the frosting, draw faces, clothes, and even hair - be creative. Remember, the more detailed the gingerbread men, the more likely they'll run off their plate and into your guests' mouths!

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