Gingerbread men are a tasty holiday treat that the whole family will have fun decorating – and they're perfect as last-minute gifts.
Step 1: Beat wet ingredients Use the mixer to beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until they're light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs and molasses.
Step 2: Mix dry Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, pepper, and salt.
Step 3: Add dry to wet Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Then divide the dough into three balls, wrap them in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Step 4: Roll and cut Roll the dough to ¼-inch thick between two pieces of waxed paper. Then cut out gingerbread men with the cookie cutter and place them on the cookie sheet. Decorate with raisins and hot cinnamon candies.
Step 5: Refrigerate and bake Refrigerate the cookies for 15 minutes, and then bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until they're crisp. Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute, and then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
TIP: Make a hole with a toothpick right after they come out of the oven so you can attach a cord or hook and use them as holiday decorations.
Step 6: Decorate Decorate your gingerbread men with fun-colored holiday icing.
FACT: In the 16th century, guilds were formed to cook gingerbread. The guild in Nuremberg, Germany, made such high-quality gingerbread that it was used as currency for paying city taxes and considered a gift worthy of royalty.