A Classic Gingerbread Recipe for Your Holiday Baking
The holidays wouldn't be complete without small, floury hands rolling out dough, cutting out little men and snowflakes and then decorating them with colored icings and cute sprinkles. I adore every minute of baking gingerbread men with the kids (okay, maybe not the cleaning up part), and I can't imagine a holiday season without it.
There will be singing, twirling and plenty of high-pitched squeals as tiny gingerbread men come out of the oven and are ready for their frosting clothes. This year, perhaps we'll attempt a homemade gingerbread house for our gingerbread men to live in.
So, make a pot of hot chocolate, turn on the Christmas tunes and get baking!
Classic Gingerbread Recipe
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/4 cup molasses
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
Cream together brown sugar and butter in a stand mixer for 2 minutes. Add in eggs and molasses and stir until combined. Mix in flour mixture and mix until a soft dough forms and all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Split the dough into two balls and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly flour a flat surface. Roll our gingerbread dough and cut into shapes. Bake on a parchment-lined sheet for 8-10 minutes until edges just start to brown. Allow to cool completely. Decorate with icing and sprinkles.