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Delish Gingerbread Man Cookie

A delicious traditional gingerbread cookie. It is great alone or how I love it - with a side of lemon curd. If you are in a particularly lemony mood, try sandwiching the men together. It is amazing!
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies

Ingredients
  

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softenend
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup molasses (do not use Black Strap)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Ingredients for vanilla icing:

  • 1 16 ounce bag powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Cookie Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or use cooking stones. Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light in color and creamy (about 5 minutes). Scrape down the sides.
  • Add molasses and brown sugar and mix well. Scrape down the sides again.
  • Add egg and vanilla. Make sure to fully incorporate (about 2-3 minutes).
  • In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, spices until combined. Add dry ingredients into wet. The dough will be thick and sticky.
  • Remove dough and divide into 3 pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 4 hours and overnight for best results.
  • Roll out dough onto slightly floured surface to a little thicker than ΒΌ inch. Cut into shapes and repeat the process until all dough is gone.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes and allow to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Allow to fully cool before decorating.

Icing Directions:

  • Whisk all ingredients together in an electric mixer to desired consistency for piping.

Notes

Note: This dough MUST be chilled. The total time does not include this time.
Keyword cookie, curd, gingerbread, lemon, men