Bake a Gingerbread Man using this great cookie recipe
If you want to bake a gingerbread man with real ginger flavor then try this recipe. Be warned, this is not a mildly flavored cookie but instead uses lots of ground ginger for a burst of ginger flavor.
Light and Dark molasses are the common types used. Light molasses is lighter in flavor and color than the dark molasses, while dark molasses has a more robust flavor. Molasses is usually labeled as "sulphured" or "unsulphured" depending on whether sulphur was used in the processing. The unsulphured molasses is lighter in color and tends to have a nicer flavor.
If you like your gingerbread cookies on the soft side bake them a little less than the recipe states as the longer they bake the harder they will become.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, ginger, and cinnamon and set aside.
In mixer bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy using paddle attachment (approx 3 min.).
Add the egg and beat until well incorporated.
In a small bowl mix hot water, baking soda, and molasses until baking soda is dissolved.
With mixer on low, add molasses mixture. Increase speed to medium and mix until blended.
Add flour to the butter mixture in thirds. Mix just until flour is blended - do not over mix.
Turn your dough out onto the work surface and divide into halves or thirds and cover with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate until firm - 1 to 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly dust work surface with flour. Roll dough to 1/4" thick, sprinkling flour on rolling pin and work surface to prevent sticking.
Roll and cut shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheet in the center of the oven.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until edges begin to brown.
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