Here's my perfect gingerbread man ... just plain. No frosting. No icing. No decorations. Just 'nekked,' some might say. I like to taste the wonderful spicy gingerbread flavor without any competition from sweet icings or embellishments. For more recipes like these visit TheKitchenIsMyPlayground.com.
- 1/4 Cup brown sugar
- Generous 1/3 Cup molasses
- 2 Teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 Teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 Cup butter, cut into chunks
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 to 3 Cup all-purpose flour
- Put sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in a pan* and heat to boiling point. Stir in baking soda. Take off heat and pour mixture over the butter in a bowl.
- Stir until the butter has melted. Break egg into the mixture and then work in the flour. Mix gently together until it becomes a smooth dough.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.
- When chilled and stiffened slightly, roll out and cut out cookies with cookie cutters (I roll mine a bit thick ... probably about 1/4" thick. I like thick, soft cookies).
- Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
- Decorate with icing, if desired.
- Place your brown sugar, molasses, and spices in a saucepan larger than you think you'll need. When you stir in the baking soda, the mixture foams up on you! The batch will make approximately 2 dozen cookies when the dough is rolled about 1/4" thick and cut with "standard size" cookie cutters (3 to 4").