How do you feel about gingerbread? Something about the holidays always has me ready to get in the kitchen. I have been using various meal subscription boxes for the past few months, and have been loving creating meals. With my increased confidence in the kitchen, I have been venturing out and creating some recipes that I think are great! If you are a fan of holiday baking, a new spin on a holiday classic, or just love gingerbread, this is for you!
Not your grandma’s gingerbread men!
This recipe starts off as a pretty basic gingerbread recipe. When it comes to baking, there has to be a level of precision there, or something is just not going to work! While these are not exactly healthy for you, you can indulge during the holidays! A piece of advice before we get into the recipe, don’t be afraid to experiment. As long as you have the basic dough, you can find different flavors to make your gingerbread man fit you. If you are not sure how to do this, then you can google what flavors work together. You could also call your grandmother! She may have some extra tips, and she would just be happy you called.
When it comes to the holiday season, there are some flavors that are almost necessary. Since gingerbread men are such an iconic holiday treat, it is always pleasant to stick to flavors we associate with the season. I gave mine a little kick by adding more spices that a traditional recipe asks for. Not only does this create a more interesting flavor profile, but it is a great way to maybe start a new tradition of your own!
Here is what you’ll need…
Let’s get to baking!
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Start combining your dry ingredients together in a large bowl, and set to the side. The large bowl is necessary since you will be combining all of the ingredients later. I actually ended up adding some Mexican chili powder in here too!
- Melt your butter, and whisk together all of your wet ingredients. I just used a hand whisk for this process, but you can use what works best for you.
- Slowly add your wet mixture into your dry mixture. You want to add the ingredients slowly so that you can make sure everything is incorporated, and as smooth as possible. This will eventually lead you to a dough consistency. If you are having some issues with your mixture holding together add small amounts of flour until the consistency is to where we need it to be.
- After the dough has come together, wrap the gingerbread dough in plastic wrap and leave it alone for two hours in the fridge to chill.
- After your dough has rested, you can flour the counter that you are working on, and roll our the dough until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick. You can then begin using your gingerbread men cookie cutters to prepare your cookies. I like to use different sizes to make it a little more fun!
- Let these little men bake in the oven for about 8 – 10 minutes. Make sure these are placed on parchment paper to avoid any mess or sticking. After these have baked, let them rest while we prepare the icing!
Creating the perfect icing…
Icing can be a pretty tricky thing to create. I have pretty vivid memories of my mom having to start over when it came to the icing portion. If it was too hard, then it would not have the finish that we are looking for. On the other hand, if it was too soft, then it would bleed and melt, and ruin your perfect cookies. We are looking for royal icing when it comes to the decorating aspect. The recipe that I am about to share contains no egg whites, and no meringue. So it is very beginner friendly!
Here’s what you’ll need
- Place your powdered sugar into a mixing bowl, and add your wet ingredients. Whisk until you have a firm icing texture.
- If you find the mixture to be too loose, then add some corn syrup. Like I mentioned earlier, if the icing is too soft, it can ruin all of the hard work we have done on our cookies!
- This is when you decide how many colors you want to decorate your cookies with. I stuck with the traditional colors, but you can really go wild at this part!
- Separate each color into a piping bag. If you don’t have a piping bag, a ziplock bag will be just fine. Snip off a small section of the end, and decorate your cookies!
If you try out the recipe, let me know! Do you have any holiday baking traditions?