This is a must for the holidays--only because of a funny story!
I have a set of big and little ginger people cutters and I like to make the smaller ones
as it's just a pop in the mouth for a bite of deliciousness!
One year when I was baking the little ginger people, brown headed daughter had a (boy)
friend over to the house to visit. They were sitting in the front room talking--
I took out a pan of the ginger people from the oven and holy moly, one of the little boys had
jumped right on top of the little girls! It was so funny I just had to share with
BHD and her friend! Guess what, she didn't think it was funny!! And I don't think he ever came back to the house!
So here is the recipe for those gals and guys:
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup butter
3 Tablespoons of molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
- Combine sugar, butter, egg, molasses and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.
- Divide dough in half; wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until firm.
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 4-inch cookie cutter. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-9 minutes or until set. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
- Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Decorate cooled cookies with frosting as desired.