I’ve never eaten a gingerbread man up until a few days ago. Whenever I tell people that, they never seem to believe me. For Christmas, Little Sis got some beautifully decorated gingerbread cookies from one of her coworkers. They were so pretty and I was so excited to finally try one. I had an idea of one should taste like. I imagined a crunchy cookie, with some spices. Unfortunately, the cookie I tasted didn’t taste anything like what I was expecting.
So I decided to make my own gingerbread men, in hopes of finding a recipe closer to the cookie I had imagined. I used a recipe I found in Family Circle Magazine that looked fairly simple to whip together.
The dough smelled of molasses as I was preparing it. I had a lot of fun cutting out the gingerbread shapes. I’ve seen people do snowflakes, stars, Christmas trees, etc. But I really wanted to do gingerbread men. Then I found some cookie cutters for gingerbread babies and gingerbread woman, and decided to use those as well. I could do a whole family!
After gobbling a couple, I needed to figure out how to decorate my gingerbread family! I scoured the internet for images of gingerbread men. I wanted something simple. But also cute. I wanted my gingerbread family to have faces. After much research, I even had Boyfriend draw up some preliminary sketches. Then I finally settled in on some designs.
I’m really happy with how my gingerbread family turned out. I was so excited to eat them after I decorated them. And then something happened. I don’t know exactly what. But when I went to choose one to eat, I couldn’t do it! They stared up at me with their smiling faces, and I couldn’t bear to choose one and bite into it.
After much debating, I finally took one, and turned it face down and started to eat it. But guilt washed over me with every bite and I wasn’t able to enjoy the gingerbread cookie at all! I’m not sure why I had this reaction. I have no problem eating other cute things like gummy bears, panda cookies, etc.
Next time I make these, I’ll have to make sure not to decorate them all so that I have some I can munch on.
Gingerbread Family Cookies
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 Tbsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup original molasses
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, then molasses. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture.
- Divide dough into 2 halves. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill it for 2 hours.
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- On a well-floured surface, roll half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut shapes with assorted-sized gingerbread cookie cutters; transfer to ungreased baking sheets. Reroll scraps together and then cut shapes again. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
- Bake the cookies for 13 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks to cool.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.