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Cute little gingerbread people

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I am convinced that baking a batch of gingerbread cookies is the cure to any bah-humbug feelings. How could they not immediately put you in the holiday spirit? Right?

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So, even if you’re sick as a dog (like I’ve been for the past week), and even if it’s freeze-your-face-off cold (like it’s been in Montreal for the last few days), and even if you’re just feeling lazy, I think you should make these cookies anyways. They are perfect for dipping in a steaming cup of coffee or tea, or a warm hot chocolate.

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The great thing about gingerbread cookies is that you can work on them in stages: make the dough and then chill it until you are ready to roll them (just let the dough warm up a bit on the counter before you attempt to roll it out). Once you’ve baked them, you don’t have to decorate them unless you absolutely want to, and you certainly don’t have to do so right away. In fact, I decorated these a week after I made them because it took me a week to find the energy to make icing and dig out the decorating kit.

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I found this recipe in Josée di Stasio’s Le Carnet Rouge, which is a gorgeous Christmas book: it’s a smaller format Christmas cookbook, full of stunning photography, reliable recipes, and festive ideas. I honestly wish that I lived inside the pages of this book. It’s beautiful! Di Stasio actually credits Nick Malgieri for this recipe. I guess it’s a small world. So, from Nick Malgieri to Josée di Stasio, and then from me to you.

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So if you are in need of some Christmas spirit, make this recipe and buy Josée di Stasio’s book (available on Amazon). For another recipe, try these German gingerbread cookies, or these matcha gingerbread cookie cutouts. If you love gingerbread, you can also make gingerbread muffins and even gingerbread granola!

 

Gingerbread cookie recipe

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Cute little gingerbread people

If you want to decorate gingerbread men, you need a good gingerbread cookie dough. This gingerbread cookie dough is great for decorating (and eating) because the cut cookies don't puff or distort in the oven. And they taste great too!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 50 small cookies
Calories 45 kcal
Author Janice

Ingredients

  • 280 grams all-purpose flour 2 1/4 cups
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 115 grams unsalted butter 1/2 cup, room temperature
  • 67 grams brown sugar 1/3 cup
  • 80 mL molasses 1/3 cup
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. Sift together the flour, spices, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle, cream together the butter and the brown sugar, then add the molasses, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Add the egg, and beat it in. Add the flour mixture a third at a time. You might have to work the last bit in by hand.
  4. Divide the dough in two, flatten into disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill a couple hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  6. Roll out the dough, working with 1 disk at a time, to 1/4 inch on a floured surface. Cut out desired shapes and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  7. Let cool completely before decorating with royal icing and store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

 

 

 

I do my best to bake with the finest ingredients. Stirling Creamery, a Canadian company, has provided the butter for this post.

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12 Responses to Cute little gingerbread people

  1. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) December 10, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    Janice these are so cute – love them! I wish I had time to fit this into my curriculum with the boys!

  2. Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen December 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    These are great! I always make gingerbread cookies with my family every year – although my mom’s recipe uses shortening, which I’m not a big fan of. Love that these are made with all butter!

    PS. I’m posting a round up of homemade gift ideas on my blog next week and I would love to include these. Let me know if it’s okay for me to include these in the round up along with one of your pictures (full credit will go to you as well as a link back to your blog of course). You can tweet me at @healthychels to let me know. 🙂

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