Gingerbread Men

The holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without whipping up a few batches of these wonderful Gingerbread Men. They are fragrant with molasses and ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; the amounts of which can be adjusted to suit your own individual taste.

Total Time Required – 28 Minutes

Preparation – 20 Minutes
Cooking – 7 to 8 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 5 ½ Cups of  all purpose flour (Start with 5 cups and reserve ½ cup to be used if needed after adding the liquid to the 5 cups. Sometimes it’s needed and sometimes it’s not)
  • 1  Teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1  Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoons of ginger
  • ½ Teaspoon of nutmeg  15½ oz can of black beans, low-salt (drain & rinse)
  • 1  Cup of room temperature butter
  • 1  Cup of sugar
  • 1  Cup of molasses
  • 1  Egg
  • 1  Teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

  1. Sift together the (flour, baking soda, salt & spices)
  2. Use a large bowl to beat together the butter with the sugar until fluffy, next add the molasses, vanilla and egg and beat until blended
  3. Stir in the flour about 1/3 at a time and mix well to make a soft dough. If required slowly add the extra reserve flour. Be careful, you don’t want dry dough.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours (better if left overnight).
  5. Using a lightly floured board, roll out about ¼ of the dough at a time to 1/8” thick. Cut the dough with cookie cutters, decorate and bake at 350 for 7 to 8 minutes. Be careful, do not over bake.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool on wire cooling racks and enjoy.

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