These gingerbread cookies are as delicious to eat as they are fun to make. Don't be surprised if your kids like these more than regular sugar cookies—it's probably because the gingerbread people seem to have a bit of personality. Use whatever decorations you have on hand. Red and green striped white chocolate chips, for example, make terrific buttons for these gingerbread men.
- For the Cookies:
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly-packed)
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- For the Decorations:
- Gel icing
- M&Ms or striped white chocolate chips
Gather the ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla. Beat well.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
Stir into the wet ingredients until well-incorporated (you can do this with your hands).
Separate the dough into three pieces. Form into logs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
When ready to bake, remove dough from oven and preheat oven to 350 F.
Roll dough out to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Use cookie cutters to make gingerbread people. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
Let cool and decorate.