My new favorite thing to bake: Gingerbread Men!

So I discovered something about myself around Christmas: I LOVE BAKING GINGERBREAD MEN. I have baked a lot of ginger snaps in my time, but there was something about smushing out the dough and using the cookie-cutters that I found really satisfying!

Screen shot 2014-01-07 at 5.04.34 AMI used this recipe from Martha Stewart via Java Cupcake. Next time I would try to make the dough even more spicy, like maybe with some grated fresh ginger as well as black pepper. Making big dough balls made me feel like Dr. Sattler going elbow-deep in a pile of dino droppings. (fast forward to 2:15 if you don’t remember this scene!) This made me giggle a lot to myself because I’m five years old.

Screen shot 2014-01-07 at 5.04.01 AMYou chill the dough before you roll out, and you also chill the men before you bake them. They don’t spread very much at all, and they come out perfectly shaped! If you roll them out thick at 1/4 inch, you will have chewy cookies. If you roll them out thinner, you will have crispy cookies. I did both and still can’t decide which I prefer….!

Screen shot 2014-01-07 at 5.28.28 AMI didn’t have time before my parents’ Christmas shindig to decorate the cookies with icing, but icing is usually not my favorite to eat anyway. So my little ginger dudes were not as cute or charismatic…. but they were still yummy, which is great, because, I’m also LAZY.

I’m already craving them again. I just have to buy more flour!

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10 Responses to My new favorite thing to bake: Gingerbread Men!

  1. Selina says:

    Yours turned out so perfectly shaped!! I’m gonna use this recipe next time instead of the store bought mixes.. I got a ginger-dead man cookie cutter (comes with a skeleton imprint) and I’ve been using it for every holiday just with different colors haha :s

    • TwinkieChan says:

      I think all the refrigeration involved really helped the shape!

      I think I’m gonna do the opposite of you: use different cookie-cutters but the same dough! HAHahhahahaha :P

  2. Marlena says:

    Have you ever tried making ice cream sandwiches with gingerbread men? It probably sounds weird, but they’re SO GOOD: http://www.marthastewart.com/314691/chocolate-ginger-bathing-beauties
    ^.^

  3. So, a funny thing happened this morning. I realized who you are. haha I’ve been IN LOVE with your scarves for YEARS. I saw you had been commenting and liking on my Facebook page but I thought to myself…. no, that cant’ be the same lady who makes those awesome scarves! So when I woke up this morning to find a ping-back to my post about gingerbread men from your blog, I had a little freak-out moment! OH EM GEEEEEEEEEEE You’re like a celebrity in the baking/crafting world!!

    Now that my geek-out is over. I’m so happy to “meet” you and am so glad you enjoy my recipes! Because I enjoy your baking crafty creations!!

    Happy New Year!

    Betsy

  4. kimmi says:

    But were there any lilac berries in your dino droppings?

  5. I love gingys! LOVE! in anyform – yours are adorbs!

  6. birdie says:

    been a long time reader/instagram follower and occasional commentator so hi!
    since when did you become a culinary goddess?!
    you be a jack of all trades soon!
    (love the jurassic park reference!)
    x

  7. Yum!
    Love gingerbread men!

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