Food Fridays on Empty Streets: Gingerbread Man Recipe

Posted 7:03 PM by Mezhal Ulao in Labels: , ,
It is xmas time again and no other recipe dessert screams christmas celebration unlike the Gingerbread Man. Now this little fabulous dessert wouldnt be so popular if it wasnt a fun thing to make as well. :) So I have a cool family recipe for you to try and have fun with as well as an alternative video tutorial for those that love to watch as they cook :)

Things that you'll need:

For the Cookies

  • 3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter (room temperature, softened)
  • 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • Optional raisins, chocolate chips, candy pieces, frosting

For the Icing

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
Procedure:

1 In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.

2 In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Mix in eggs and molasses. Gradually add the flour mixture; combine on low speed. (You may need to work it with your hands to incorporate the last bit of flour.) Divide dough in thirds; wrap each third in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour or overnight. Before rolling out, let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. If after refrigerating the dough feels too soft to roll-out, work in a little more flour.

3 Heat oven to 350°. Place a dough third on a large piece of lightly floured parchment paper or wax paper. Using a rolling pin, roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Refrigerate again for 5-10 minutes to make it easier to cut out the cookies. Use either a cookie cutter or place a stencil over the dough and use a knife to cut into desired shapes. Press raisins, chocolate chips, or candy pieces in the center of each cookie if desired for "buttons".

4 Transfer to ungreased baking sheets. Bake until crisp but not darkened, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Let sit a few minutes and then use a metal spatula to transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.

Makes 16 5-inch long cookies.

Icing

The traditional way to make Royal Icing is to beat egg whites and lemon juice together, adding the powdered sugar until the mixture holds stiff peaks. With modern concerns about salmonella from raw eggs, you can either use powdered egg whites or heat the egg whites first to kill any bacteria. With the heating method, mix the egg white and lemon juice with a third of the sugar, heat in a microwave until the mixture's temperature is 160°F. Then remove from microwave, and beat in the remaining sugar until stiff peaks form. Using the powdered egg whites method, combine 1 Tbsp egg white powder with 2 Tbsp water. Proceed as you would otherwise. (Raw egg white alternatives from the 2006 Joy of Cooking)

If the icing is too runny, add more powdered sugar until you get the desired consistency. Fill a piping bag with the icing to pipe out into different shapes. (Or use a plastic sandwich bag, with the tip of one corner of the bag cut off.) Keep the icing covered while you work with it or it will dry out.

Now for those that like to watch and learn here is a special something just for you :)

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9 comment(s) to... “Food Fridays on Empty Streets: Gingerbread Man Recipe”

9 comments:

Barako Brew said...

No better time than the cold holidays to EAT your Man. ;)

Maybe they should come up with a Lollipop Gingerbread Man so the guy gets Sucked too. ;)

How about Ice Cream? ... in a Gingerbread Chick form?


- Ez of Barako Brew



EastCoastLife said...

I love ginger cookies more but I will take your men. :P



Kim said...

yum yum Metz...
I've put this on my cooking list ;)
have a great weekend :)



Monica said...

aww...so cute! where's gingerbread girl? LOL!



iWalk said...

wow!........I love your cookies! So cute!

You made the cold weekend become more warm and interesting,Metz. :P



Mariuca said...

I love ur gingerbread man Metz, so cute!! And so yummy he he! :)



Mariuca said...

I am taking some home with me, I'm sure b would love to taste one he he! :)



Bombchell said...

lol everytime I see gingerbread men, I remember the ginger bread commercial, with the lil guy screaming its the holidays, so funny.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76hdHwd14aQ

lol c'mon admit it, its kinda funny!!



Empty Streets said...

Hi barako hehehe you are so naughty and hilarious hahaha only you have the ability to get away with those comments hahahahaha :)

Hi ECL ahahah you tooo are being naughty hahaha this is so becoming a naughty xmas hahahh :)

Hi Kim, aww am so glad that you liked this recipe. :)

Hi Monica, awww you are absolutely right I should have gingerbread girls to keep the gingerbread men company. hmmm but we might also have ginger bread babies around after hahaha :)

Hi iWalk, aww am so glad you liked the cookies :) you make the xmas warm and interesting too through your pictures and articles :)

Hi Marzie, aww of course you can take them home dear. Have as much cookies as you want :)

Hi Bombchell, hehehe i love the video hahahahaha aww you made my day sugah :)



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