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Off With His Head

January 22nd, 2009

I’m a HUGE fan of gingerbread men. It’s about the only kind of cookie I like. My mom makes the most fantastic gingerbread men, she always sends a bunch home with me when she makes them.
When it comes to eating gingerbread men, everyone has their own way of doing it. I like to jump in and eat the head first (that way they can’t feel it when you eat their arms & legs).

My mom sent over the recipe in case anyone is interested.

1 1/2 (or 12 ounces) cups dark molasses *I use blackstrap
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1/3 cup butter
1 egg
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons allspice
4 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix molasses, brown sugar, water and butter. Mix in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Heat oven to 350. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on floured* board. Cut with floured cookie cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until no indentation remains when touched, 10 to 12 minutes; cool. *If you like chewy cookies use confectioners sugar instead of flour.

Note: Can roll dough 1/2 inch thick and cut with 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter. Place about 1 1/2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake about 15 minutes.

What about you, head, arms or legs first?

6 Comments to “Off With His Head”
  1. n. on January 22, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I like to eat them fresh off the pan when they haven’t cooled completely. Usuually an arm or leg will come off while snatching it up so I’ll eat that first :)

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  2. warren on January 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I love them too…and any sort of ginger cookie…both types are just super rich!

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  3. Carol on January 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I decapitate gingerbread men. Bunnies too. I am cruel.

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  4. Mangochild on January 23, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Thank you for that recipe, gingerbread is one of my favs. How do I solve the question of how to eat them? Well, I admit, I dodge the problem entirely by making shapes like trees, stars, etc… I just can’t eat a gingerbread person!

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  5. Miranda on December 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Oooh. I already made a batch of gingerbread to be made into a house using my mom’s recipe – but i think i’m going to make a batch of these too and see how they compare. I don’t have blackstrap, but Grandma’s regular molasses will have to do , especially since i don’t actually like really dark molasses. It’ll be fun to have two different doughs mingling in barnyard animal form around our gingerbread hen house.

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    • Susy on December 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

      Make sure you put photos of this lovely barnyard gingerbread on Flickr, I’d love to see it.

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