Gingerbread Men – The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

This recipe comes from my mother-in-law, Paula. Since my husband Bryan’s birthday is in December, Paula would bake gingerbread men for his birthday treat to share with his class. Gingerbread men happen to be one of my favorite cookies, and this recipe is one that I bake each Christmas season!

I sent one dozen gingerbread men to three different food bloggers – Sara at Confectionary Tales, Sarah at The Frosted Kitchen, and Amber at Slim Pickin’s Kitchen.

If you’re looking for the perfect gingerbread man, definitely bake these up! Paula usually bakes with margarine, and I usually bake with butter. I have baked them with both butter and margarine (on different occasions), and both turn out equally delicious. Enjoy!

Gingerbread Men

Paula’s Gingerbread Men

1 c. butter or margarine
1 c. sugar
1 c. molasses
4 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1 t. powdered ginger

Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Stir in molasses and then mix in remaining ingredients. Cover and chill for at least a few hours or overnight. Preheat the oven to 375. On floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4″, then cut with cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, parchment paper, or a silpat. If the cookies get too soft or warm place them in the fridge to firm up prior to baking. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

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6 thoughts on “Gingerbread Men – The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

  1. Hey, Kara! Thank you so, so much for the wonderful gingerbread men! I love the story about your husband. Too cute! Thanks again, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! PS. Your link has totally been added to my post now, and I am leaving the post up tomorrow as well. I apologize for not having it up there this morning, but I misplaced the card you sent me! Totally not an excuse I know, but I hope you can forgive me <3

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