What would the holidays be without gingerbread boys?
Sugar, spice, and everything nice… we could all use a little more of these things in our lives. Start celebrating today with these cookies which win in the category of “Most likely to make someone smile.”
And don’t even get me started on Halloween skeleton gingies.
Makes 18 three-inch gingies
Gingerbread Boy Cookies
Preheat oven to 350°F.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ginger
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups flour
Cream butter and sugar together. Add baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, white pepper, molasses, and eggs. Mix until well-combined. Slowly add flour. Mix just until combined.
Roll out gingery goodness onto a lightly floured surface to about 1/4th of an inch thick.
Swoosh cookie cutter in flour for easy release from dough each time you cut out a gingerbread boy. Remove excess flour from each cookie and place on parchment-lined half sheet pan.
Everyone alike every one unique.
In line for the oven. Bake for about 8 minutes. Allow gingerbread boys to cool completely. Decorate with a simple powdered sugar frosting
Powdered Sugar Frosting
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
Stir well and pipe with a decorating bag onto gingerbread boys. Allow to dry overnight or for several hours before plating or wrapping.
Happy, spicy cookies. May your holiday season be filled opportunities to quite literally spread smiles to everyone you love.
P.S. Little miniatures make a big impression at dinner parties.