3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbs. ginger
1 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
6 tbs. butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 tsp. vanilla
- Combine all dry ingredients.
- Beat butter, brown sugar and egg on medium speed until well-blended.
- Add molasses and vanilla and beat until well combined.
- Slowly still in dry ingredients until well blended.
- Roll out dough over lightly floured surface with lightly floured rolling pin to 1/4 inch thick.
- Press gingerbread people cookie cutter shapes.
- Lay shapes on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes until edges of cookies are barely dark.
- Allow to cool.
Then glue on toppings. Any white frosting squeezed from ziplock bags with the tip of one corner cut off can serve as the glue. The sky is the limit with the toppings. A few we tried were red and green sugar sprinkles, M&M's, chocolate sprinkles (for the hair), edible eyes (Gramma found these for us at Target), and confetti sprinkles. We assisted the kids who needed help with making little dots of icing glue, but all ages are eager and able to decorate.
Gingerbread people might get a little drowned in sugar...
or entire mouths might turn green...
but the process is just as exciting as the final product!