Monday, December 6, 2010

Gingerbread Men (and women and kids...)

It's the most wonderful time of the year for baking!!!  With so many options around it's hard to choose.  These little ones are always a favorite though!  :)

 I decided to go with the recipe straight out of the Joy of Cooking and was quite pleased with the results.   I especially like how she put the options of cutting out the little people yourself with a knife, or molding them by hand.  (Or of course using cutters.)  You can see the recipe from Rombauer's Joy of Cooking below, or on page 712 of yours at home! :)
If you can't read it from this photo just let me know and I will post it! :)
I made the cookies as directed and then rolled them out to about 1/4" thick.  I only had to bake them for about 6 minutes, and they are crispy.  So if you like softer ones, you should probably experiment with thicknesses and baking times. :)  
 After they were cooled I mixed about 1 c. of Powdered Sugar and a little bit of water to pipe on details.  I went the simple route because I know these are going to be eaten in just a couple of minutes.  And I realize they look a bit cheesy....but they are charming right?  ;)
Have you ever happened to see cookie cutters that look about like these?  Well, I have, and I just decided to try to do it at home and I think these are quite hilarious!  We'll see if they work on my hubs tonight!  ha!

Happy Baking!  And Happy Christmas-y Baking!! :)


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