Nothing says the holidays like fresh gingerbread men right out of the oven. These whimsical cookies are fun to make and eat. While gingerbread cookies can be intricately decorated, there is no reason to worry over the details. Having fun is what baking cookies is all about. With the right tools and ingredients, families can make beautiful and delicious gingerbread cookies this holiday season.

Here Are the Supplies Necessary for Making Gingerbread Cookies

Parents who want to start a new holiday tradition should consider making gingerbread men. These are the most delicious cookies, and kids cannot resist gobbling them up fresh out of the oven. Although they are delectable when hot, it is important to save some to cool for decorating fun. The following are the items parents will need to prepare for cookie baking.

Cookie sheet
Rolling pin
Gingerbread men cookie cutters
Colored icing
Sprinkles
Candies
Cookie tins or plastic containers for storage
Recipe ingredients (See gingerbread cookie recipe below.)

 

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Gathering the cookie-making supplies before starting the process is essential. It is important to remember that baking gingerbread men cookies is a messy project, especially when children are helping. To save time on cleanup, consider purchasing a disposable plastic tablecloth to cover the work surface. Then, kids can have as much fun and make as much mess as they like in the process.

Here Is the Recipe for Gingerbread Men Cookies

This recipe is so easy to make, and parents do not have to limit it to making gingerbread men. When in a hurry or outside of the holidays, this recipe makes the most delicious round cookies. In fact, it is possible to cut them in any shape desired with the right cookie cutter collection.

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Ingredients:

1 cup of white whole wheat flour (White flour can be used.)

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon of allspice

1/8 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of real maple syrup

1 tablespoon of molasses

2 tablespoons of milk

1/4 cup of softened butter

Parents appreciate this recipe because it requires few ingredients. This recipe can easily be doubled for making a lot of gingerbread men cookies. Without doubling, this gingerbread men cookie recipe makes about two dozen small gingerbread men. Those who are using larger gingerbread men cookie cutters will get a smaller yield.

Instructions for Making Gingerbread Cookie Dough

Place all of the above measured ingredients in a large bowl. This recipe is simple, and even the kids can help make the dough because they get to use their hands. Be gentle with the dough when mixing so it does not become tough. Make sure all the ingredients are incorporated. Should the dough be on the dry side, add a small amount of milk until it reaches the right moisture level.
Make a flattened disc out of the cookie dough, and wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the cookie dough for ten minutes to chill all the ingredients and make the dough less sticky for easier rolling.
Preheat the oven to 370 degrees and allow it to come to temperature. In the meantime, place parchment paper on the cookie sheet.
Roll out the dough in an even layer until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Use beautiful gingerbread men cookie cutters to cut out the shapes, and place each one on a cookie sheet for baking. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned on the edges.

Start the Decorating Fun

Once the cookies are out of the oven and completely cooled, the sky is the limit on decorating. Allow children to use their imagination and create beautiful cookies to share with the family. Gumdrops, chocolate chips, raisins, and sprinkles all make beautiful cookies.

With this easy recipe and instructions, parents will find baking gingerbread men cookies is simple and will offer a fun memory for their children. Get the ingredients now for cookie-making fun all season long.

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