Gingerbread Men

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When the holidays roll around Gingerbread Men are one the most popular holiday cookie recipes around. The ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger and molasses combine to make one of the season's favorite easy homemade cookies. The addition of molasses in this homemade cookie recipe from scratch offers plenty of nutritional benefits. Blackstrap molasses is a healthy sweetener which that contains lots of nutrients that are essential for the proper functioning of the body, unlike refined white sugar, which only contains simple carbohydrates. Blackstrap molasses contains vitamins such as vitamin B6, niacin, and thiamin. Blackstrap molasses contains large amounts of minerals such as manganese, magnesium, and iron. Blackstrap molasses is also a good source of calcium.

This is just one of the yummy homemade cookie recipes from scratch that you will find on the Grandmother's Kitchen recipe site. You will find all sorts of holiday cookie recipes and easy homemade cookies just like grandma makes with whole healthy ingredients in printable recipes you will love.

When you think of the Christmas holidays, gingerbread men are one of the most popular holiday cookie recipes. Gingerbread men are always a favorite no matter where they show up, from holiday parties, holiday bake sales, Christmas parties, family get-togethers and more. Gingerbread holiday cookie recipes are a great activity that you can do with the kids, and easy homemade cookies to enjoy. This gingerbread holiday cookie recipe uses dark molasses, ground cloves and ground ginger to give it the recognizable gingerbread taste. You can use blackstrap molasses, but it may be a bit stronger than you are used to having. Make sure to use room temperature butter to ensure the holiday cookie recipe mixes properly. This is a holiday cookie recipe that you will want to decorate. You can use simple icing with embellishments that the kids can help decorate themselves.

When it comes to making this classic holiday cookie recipe, there are a few tips that will help to ensure this easy homemade cookies success. The holiday cookie recipe directions say to cool the cookie dough in the fridge for at least an hour. This is a very important tip because this step helps to make the gingerbread dough easier to work with, and helps the cookies to retain their shape. Once the cookie dough is chilled, you can roll the gingerbread dough out on a surface that is lightly dusted with flour. Another way to do this (if the gingerbread holiday cookie recipe isn't too sticky) is to roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper. It also helps to dip the cookie cutters into some flour to help keep the cookie cutters sticking to the cookie dough. Before baking pop the gingerbread men into the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes. This step will again help the cookies to retain their shape while they are baking.

To decorate these easy homemade cookies, you can use a simple glaze recipe of confectioners' sugar and milk; you want a consistency that is neither too thick or thin. You can also add in some citrus zest to help enhance the flavor if you like. To add color to the icing, you can use some liquid food coloring to get some different colors. Some decoration ideas include shredded coconut, chocolate and rainbow sprinkles, toasted sliced almonds, edible glitter, mini semisweet chocolate chips and dried currants. You want to add any decorations to the gingerbread easy homemade cookies before the icing sets. Once the holiday cookie recipe is decorated you want to let the cookies set flat and uncovered for about two hours or until the icing firms up. You can also make this holiday cookie recipe ahead of time and put in the freezer for up to three months. The baked and undecorated holiday cookie recipe can be stored in a covered container in the freezer for up to one month. Once the holiday cookie recipe is baked and decorated, you can store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks. You do want to make sure that the cookies are kept in a dry and cool location, as heat will make them spoil. To help keep the holiday cookies from sticking together, you can place some waxed paper between the layers of cookies. **

Nutrition Facts for:Gingerbread Men From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: All purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, brown sugar, butter, dark molasses, milk.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 241, Calories from Fat 73, Total Fat 8.1g 12%, Saturated Fat 5.0g 25%, Cholesterol 21mg 7%, Sodium 133mg 6%, Potassium 343mg 10%, Carbohydrates 39.8g 13%, Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%, Sugars 17.8g, Protein 2.8g, Vitamin A 5%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 7%, Iron 12%

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