Holiday Baking | Gingerbread Men

Holiday Baking ~ A recipe for Gingerbread Cookies

As I was growing up I was very fortunate to be included in many baking adventures; especially around the holidays!

My grandma taught my sister and I her staple recipes when we were young so that as we got older we would be able to carry on her traditions. And it worked! I love baking and my little man loves to help me. It does take extra patience to let your little ones help in the kitchen but it is definitely worth it!

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Just the other day we went to a local store and Mr. H picked out a brand new set of gingerbread cutters!

When we got home we went to work on making our dough; Henry usually stands on a chair next to the counter so he can help me add ingredients and watch the mixer do it’s thing.

Here is the recipe we used ~

You will need:

3 1/2 cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup (white) Sugar
1 Egg
1 cup Molasses
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 teaspoons Warm Water
1/2 cup Shortening

Combine flour, spices and salt; set aside. In mixer cream together shortening and sugar; next beat in egg and molasses. In the meantime combine the baking soda and water into a paste; add the paste to the mix and continue beating until smooth. Gradually add in the dry ingredients until everything comes together.

Move the dough mixture to a plastic storage bag or wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours!

Now it is time to roll out the dough; on a floured surface roll the dough to 3/4″ thick. Cut with desired cutters and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 Degrees for 8-12 mins (depending on your oven). You will know the cookies are done when the edges are slightly browned.

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We made tractors, tree’s and gingerbread men! Next on our to-do list is to decorate these beauties.

Happy Baking



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