Soft Gingerbread Man Cookies with a nice blend of christmassy spices, the best cookie recipe for the festive season. Kids will absolutely love them, and the grown-ups too. They taste a lot better than the store-bought ones, and are quick and easy to make. A must-try recipe!
Have you got a recipe that always reminds you of a special celebration, or an important day, or just a lovely memory from your childhood? When I think of gingerbread man cookies, I automatically think of Christmas, of warm spices, of cold weather, town buzzing with people getting ready for Christmas.
I don’t know what it is, but it feels so peaceful though. Christmas had this effect on people, I suppose. It does make you a bit soft, isn’t it? And baking, apart from being therapeutical, it can also bring you in the best christmassy mood. Plus, it’s a great fun for kids too.
So, if you wondered how to make gingerbread man cookies that smell and taste like Christmas, this is the best recipe for you. The cookies have just the right amount of spices, are chewy, soft, and baked to perfection. My gingerbread man cookies do not use molasses, instead they have golden syrup, but you can use any of them, or honey.
How TO make soft gingerbread man cookies
l must say this is the easiest dough l’ve worked with, it does not stick to the working surface or the rolling pin and it is very easy to shape. And it’s yummy.
- First, melt the butter in a pan set over a low heat, add the muscovado sugar and golden syrup (or honey) and stir well to get a smooth runny paste.
DO NOT skip this step, otherwise the muscovado sugar will make the dough lumpy and the texture of the cookies won’t be smooth. Leave to cool.
- In a large bowl, sift the flour, add the bicarbonate of soda and the spices, beat an egg and add it to the flour together with the cooled butter mixture.
- Knead gently into a ball, cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once chilled, roll the dough, and use gingerbread man cookie cutters to cut up shapes.
How long to bake the gingerbread man cookies for
Have the oven pre-heated at 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit). Bake the cookies for about 7 minutes, or up to 10 minutes if using a very large gingerbread man cookie cutter.
What do gingerbread cookies taste like
The spices used for these cookies give a special fragrance and taste that I can’t have enough of. I can feel the heat coming from the ginger, but it is not a very strong one. If you use muscovado sugar, you will get an even deeper aroma than if you use just light brown sugar. Again, the golden syrup will be richer than honey, so that again will make the taste slightly different.
But one thing is sure, these gingerbread man cookies are nice and soft, yet chewy at the same time. They don’t really have that snap people like, which I am happy with, since I don’t really like hard cookies.
You can choose not to decorate them, it is all up to you. Bigger supermarket will sell either icing or melted chocolate that can be used for decorating the gingerbread cookies, unless you want to make it yourself.
And do you know what is the best thing about these gingerbread men cookies? That you can get the kids to help, they would just love to get their little hands dirty.What a fun they would have! I know kids can be (way too) messy, so your kitchen would probably end up being a desaster, but hey hoo, at least you have a great time.
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Gingerbread Man Cookies with a nice blend of spices, the best cookie recipe for the festive season. Kids will absolutely love them, and the grown-ups too. They taste a lot better than the store-bought ones, and are quick and easy to make. A must-try recipe!
- 350 g flour
- 175 g dark brown muscovado sugar
- 100 g butter
- 80 g golden syrup (or honey)
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 egg
- icing for decorating (optional)
Cut the butter in small cubes and put it in a pan over a low heat.
Add the muscovado sugar and the golden syrup and gently stir until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth.
Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
In a large pan, sift the flour and add the ground ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda.
Crack an egg and beat slightly.
Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the egg and the buttery mixture.
Knead gently for a few minutes until it forms a dough.
Make a ball, cover in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Transfer the dough to the working surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough, it should have approximately 1/4 cm in thickness.
Bake in the preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 8 minutes, checking it regularly. Depending on your cookie cutter size, they might take between 7-10 minutes
Allow to cool completely, then decorate with icing if you wish.
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