12/7/11

Gingerbread Men

This Gingerbread Cookie recipe is a favorite at my house. I love the added orange zest in this recipe, and this dough can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for a few days until you're ready to bake it. You can decorate these any way you like or make them plain - they'll be a hit either way.






Gingerbread Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
4 teaspoons orange zest
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour

In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar, beat together with an electric mixer until fluffy; beat in egg. Add orange zest, corn syrup, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt; beat until combined. Add flour one cup at a time, beating after each addition. Form the dough into a ball, cover in plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator in an air-tight container for at least one hour or up to a few days before baking.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Divide the dough, and roll out only a portion at a time, keeping the remainder of the dough chilled until ready to use. Cut out with cookie cutters as desired and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cookies can be decorated with nonpareils if desired before baking. The size of the cookie cutter used will determine how long to bake the cookies. For a 3-inch cookie, bake about 5 minutes. For 4-inch cookies, bake 6-7 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet. When cooled, cookies may also be decorated with icing if desired.


I have added some nonpareils to this pan of gingerbread men before baking.



I used the smaller 3-inch cutter to bake this pan of cookies. Last year I made a batch of the 4-inch gingerbread men and packaged them individually for my grandson's kindergarten class.

This pan of 3-inch cookies baked in 5 minutes.



After a few squiggles of white icing the gingerbread men are ready to run.

26 comments:

  1. Very cute anita, I love gingerbread men. I bite the heads off first....... andi

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  2. Hi Anita, I have never made a gingerbread man!I have to bake a batch this Christmas. So cute!
    -Lynn

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  3. Anita, your cookies look very cute and I bet they taste good, too. This recipe sounds good to me because I'm not fond of a strong molasses flavor. Using the corn syrup would solve that problem. Thank you so much for joining my Gingerbread Party, it got off to a slow start but according to my stats, lots of people are viewing. I really appreciate also that you put the button on your blog. Will talk to you again, soon.-------------Shannon

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  4. These look adorable! I wish I would have done colorful icing on my gingerbread cookies too.. next year!

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  5. When I was young, we always made gingerbread men for the holidays. Yours are a lot cuter and a lot more uniform. I love the picture and presentation.

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  6. I love gingerbread cookies & yours are TOO cute!! The addition of orange zest sounds perfect!

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  7. These cookies are cute. Nice photos. I really like the first photo.

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  8. Beautiful cookies. I know they taste just delicious. Come visit us. We would love to have you. We have a great appetizer for the holiday season today.

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  9. Adorable! I bet these are so good with the added orange zest! Every time I see gingerbread cookies I think of the Gingerbread Man book/record I had as a kid. I can still hear that song "Run, run, fast as you can! You can't catch him he's the Gingerbread man!"

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  10. oooo... these look so yummy! I love the tray you served them in too! Thank you so much for stopping by Bella Nest and leaving such a sweet comment! I'm your newest follower!

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  11. Ooohhh! Gingerbread Men are one of the new cookie cutters that I got! Love these, such a classic! I would love if you came and linked them up at my new Mrs Foxs Sweet Party! http://mrsfoxssweets.blogspot.com/2011/12/mrs-foxs-sweet-party-1.html

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  12. These look really good! I'm making gingerbread today to work on a house and may just cut out a few shapes! Enjoy your day!

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  13. awww! Those gingerbread men look perfect!!

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  14. They really are perfect...looks like Christmas memories! ♥♥♥

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  15. Nothing says Christmas more than a plate of great Gingerbread Men. Anita,your"GBM" look so cute and the recipe is very good. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. How cute! I love the idea of the little candy canes for buttons!

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  17. Those look DELICOIUS!! YUM! I am your newest follower. I would love for you to follow me back! I also wanted to invite you to my Christmnas Cookie Link Up - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2011/11/holiday-traditions-3christmas-cookies.html
    Beth =-)

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  18. These looks so yummy and pretty! Great job! Love your blog and all the Xmas decoration ideas!

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  19. Your gingerbread cookies are so cute. Pat

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  20. Come to A Themed Baker's Sunday for this next week's theme: Christmas! Actually, this theme will continue until Christmas weekend! Hope to see you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com

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  21. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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  22. Gingerbread is one of my favorites! These are so cute. Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

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  23. I love how you have decorated them, they are so perfect. Thanks for linking to the party! I am pinning and tweeting these cute cookies!

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  24. how super cute come see my share at http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2011/12/almond-snowballs.html

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