A simple recipe for a traditional festive treat – gingerbread men. I have baked these for many years, hung them on the tree or simply shared them over a glass of mulled wine..
Using molasses gives them a lovely colour and flavour.
The Gingerbread Men
420g Plain flour
3/4tsp Bicarbonate of soda
3tsp Ground ginger
2tsp Ground cinnamon
1/4tsp Ground nutmeg
1/4tsp Ground cloves
115g Unsalted Butter at room temperature
100g Granulated white sugar
1 large Egg
160ml Molasses (Black Treacle)
Sieve together the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses and beat until well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture beating until incorporated.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a gingerbread cutter to cut out the cookies. With an offset spatula lift the cut out cookies onto the baking sheet, placing the cookies about 1 inch apart. If you are hanging the cookies or using as gift tags, make a hole at the top of the cookies with a straw or end of a wooden skewer.
Bake for about 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the cookies. Small ones will take about 5-6 minutes; larger cookies will take about 8-10 minutes. They are done when they are firm and the edges are just beginning to brown.
Remove the cookies from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for about 1 minute. When they are firm enough to move, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Decorate with confectioners icing if you wish but I’ve left these plain and simple! Have a wonderful festive season.