Sunday, December 19, 2010

Holiday Bake Off- Part one

As it is the most appropriate time to be baking everyday due to the holidays I figured it was my duty to take advantage of the festive spirit and bake to my hearts content. Here is part one of my baking extravaganza.

First- close your eyes and imagine Christmas.

Second- what smells come to mind?

Third- theres only one thing left to do, make gingerbread men!

I make them every year and I have tried many recipes to get the gingerbread man soft, spicy and sweet. Some recipes turn out hard as a rock and taste only of cloves and molasses, while others are so dry all you taste is flour. I have found the perfect balanced recipe, soft in the middle, a little crunch as you bite in and a perfect ratio of spice and sweet.

Gingerbread Men

3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 sticks of butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup molasses

-from Mrs. Field's Cookie Book

Make dough, form into 2 disks and chill for 30-60 minutes
Bake at 325 for 8-10 minutes



Confectioners sugar

Roll out the dough and cut those little men out

place them on the cookie sheet lined with parchment because parchment= the best invention ever..well in the baking world

Let cool

Decorate with little faces and little G-men jumpers- look how I cranked these babies out!

And enjoy!

This recipe yields a lot of cookies, so there are plenty to share and give away as gifts-that is if you don't want to keep them all for yourself!!

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