As the holiday season approaches, there's nothing quite as comforting and heartwarming as the smell of freshly baked gingerbread cookies filling the kitchen. Join me, Lainie Eilenberger, your trusted real estate agent in Lubbock and West Texas, as I share my cherished recipe for making the most delightful Gingerbread Man Cookies. This tradition has been a part of my family's holiday celebrations for generations, and now I'm excited to pass it on to you.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Icing (for decorating)
Step 1: Prepare the Dough
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside.
In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
Add the egg, molasses, and vanilla extract to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until well combined.
Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, mixing until the dough forms. You may need to use your hands to knead it together at the end.
Divide the dough into two equal portions, wrap them in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.
Step 2: Roll and Cut the Cookies
Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Take one portion of the chilled dough and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
Use gingerbread man-shaped cookie cutters to cut out your cookies. Place them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving some space between each cookie.
Repeat this process with the second portion of dough.
Step 3: Bake and Decorate
Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until they are set and just beginning to brown around the edges.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
Once the cookies are completely cooled, it's time to get creative with the icing! Use various colors to decorate your gingerbread men with faces, clothing, and any other designs you like.
Step 4: Enjoy and Share!
Allow the icing to dry completely before stacking or storing the cookies.
These gingerbread man cookies make wonderful holiday gifts or treats for holiday gatherings. Share the joy of the season with family and friends.
Now, while you're savoring the sweet taste of your freshly baked gingerbread cookies, let me tell you more about how I can assist you with your real estate needs in Lubbock and West Texas. I take pride in helping clients find their dream homes in Abernathy, Brownfield, Buffalo Springs, and many more wonderful communities in our region.
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