Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 cup 198g / 7oz Unsalted butter - (2 sticks) - softened

  2. 1 cup 160g / 5.6oz Light brown sugar - (firmly packed)

  3. 1 cup 198g / 7oz Egg (large)

  4. 1 cup 237ml Dark molasses

  5. 2 tablespoons 30ml Cider vinegar

  6. 5 cups 312g / 11oz All-purpose flour

  7. 2 teaspoons 10ml Ground ginger

  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons 7 1/2ml Baking soda

  9. 1 1/4 teaspoons 6 1/3ml Cinnamon

  10. 1 teaspoon 5ml Ground cloves

  11. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Salt

  12. Sugar Icing

  13. 2 Egg whites (large)

  14. 1 Cream of tartar

  15. 3 cups 594g / 20oz Confectioners' sugar - sifted

  16. Food coloring -

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer cream the butter, add the sugar, and beat the mixture until fluffy. Beat in the egg, the molasses, and the vinegar.

  2. Into another bowl, sift together the flour, the ginger, the baking soda, the cinnamon, the cloves, and the salt and stir the mixture into the butter mixture, a little at a time. The dough will be soft. Divide the dough into fourths, dust it with flour, and wrap each piece in waxed paper. Flatten the dough slightly and chill it for at least 3 hours or overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  4. Roll out the dough, 1 piece at a time, 1/4-inch thick on a floured surface and cut out cookies with a 4-inch gingerbread man cutter dipped in flour. Transfer the cookies with a spatula to buttered baking sheets, arranging them 2-inches apart, and bake them in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until no imprint remains when they are touched lightly with the fingertip. Transfer the cookies with the spatula to racks and let them cool. Make cookies with the dough scraps in the same manner. If desired, pipe the sugar icing decoratively on the cookie using a pastry bag fitted with a small decorative tip. Let the cookies stand for 20 minutes, or until the icing is set.

  5. Sugar Icing: In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar, a pinch of salt, and 2 teaspoons water until the mixture is frothy, beat in the sugar, a little at a time, and beat the mixture until it holds stiff peaks. Beat in the food coloring, if desired.

  6. Decorate baked cookies with the icing using a spatula or a pastry bag fitted with a small decorative tip and let the cookies stand for 20 minutes, or until the icing is set. (Makes enough icing for about 50 (4-inch) cookies)

  7. This recipe yields 50 gingerbread men.

  8. Caution: There have been warnings against consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs on the grounds that the egg may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria responsible for a type of foodborne illness. Healthy people need to remember that there is a very small risk and treat eggs and other raw animal foods accordingly. Use only properly refrigerated, clean, sound-shelled, fresh, grade AA or A eggs. Avoid mixing yolks and whites with the shell.


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