What Is an Easy Recipe for Gingerbread Men?


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An easy gingerbread men recipe from Real Simple involves making a cookie dough with ingredients such as flour, butter, egg, molasses and brown sugar. It features the warm and spicy flavors of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

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Mix 5 cups of all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg and ground cloves. Use an electric mixer to cream 2 sticks of softened unsalted butter with 1 cup of light brown sugar and 1 large egg in another bowl. Beat in 1 cup of unsulfured molasses and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Gradually blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture to form a smooth dough. If the dough is too soft, carefully add more flour until it reaches a workable consistency. Divide the dough into two pieces, and flatten each piece on a floured surface. Cover the dough with plastic wrap, and chill it in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

Roll each piece of dough into a 1/8-inch-thick disk on a floured surface. Cut out pieces of the dough with a gingerbread-man cookie cutter. Arrange the gingerbread men on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving 1 inch of space in between each gingerbread man. Bake the gingerbread men at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 12 minutes or until they are firm.

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