I’ve talked about family traditions and how much I LOVE them in previous posts. Baking and decorating Gingerbread Men is the tradition I love the most at Christmas time. My mom would always have dozens of gingerbread men ready to be decorated. We’d go over to the kitchen table to start our decorating bonanza, and there would be a huge assortment of candies, licorice, icing and chocolate. It felt like I was living in a Candy-land dream world. It was amazing.
After decorating, we would always eat as much candy and cookies as we could, and then we’d save the rest for days to come.
My Great-Grandma Singleton kickstarted this Christmas tradition when my mom was a little girl. She has fond memories of going over to Grandma Singleton’s house for this joyous event.
I always start by mixing together the Butter/Margarine, sugar, egg, & molasses. Then add in the spices & flour.
The dough will still be sticky, but put it on a flour covered surface.
Then sprinkle flour all over the top of the dough.
Knead the dough with the flour and then roll out with a rolling pin.
Start making shapes with your cookie cutters.
Place on a tray with parchment paper & bake in preheated oven (350F) for 9 minutes.
Cookies are delicious alone, but even better smothered with icing & candies!!
Here is her Recipe (A printable version will be available below)
Gingerbread Men – Great Grandma Singleton
2/3 Cup Margarine
1 Cup White Sugar
1/4 Cup Molasses
2 Cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Cloves
Preheat oven to 350F.
Blend the margarine and sugar until well mixed. Stir in egg and molasses. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Add this dry ingredient mixture into the sugar mix. Roll out the dough on a flour covered surface. It should be about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out various shapes into your dough, then place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake for 9 minutes at 350F.
Maybe you’ll love these so much, you’ll decide to include them in your annual holiday festivities.
Let me know how they turn out for you.