½ stick or ¼cupUnsalted buttersoftened at room temperature
⅓cupLight brown sugarpacked
2 tablespoons + ¼cupUnsulphured Molasses
½cupPowdered sugar (Confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar)
1 ½teaspoonsCorn flour (corn starch)
½teaspoonPure vanilla extract
Making the cookie dough:
Take all purpose flour, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, grated nutmeg, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
Whisk it well so everything is incorporated well. Keep it aside.
In another large bowl, take softened butter, oil and light brown sugar.
Beat it well using wire whisk by hand till it is light and fluffy.
Now add molasses. Again beat it till it is mixed.
Now add the flour mixture. Start beating again till it is well combined. Half way through I switched to spatula. The dough is very crumbly.
Now line a surface with plastic wrap. Dump all the dough on the wrap.
This dough is slightly sticky, so I have not used my bare hands. with the help of plastic wrap, bring the dough together.
Make flat square or round. Wrap it well. Chill in the fridge until firm (keep in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight. Or freeze it for 20-30 minutes for quick chilling).
Making gingerbread men cookies recipe:
Now the dough is hard and chilled well. Remove it and let it stand for 5 minutes, so it softens slightly.
While the dough is softening line a baking sheet using parchment paper and keep it aside.
Now take two pieces of parchment paper. Line one on the work surface, put the dough on it and cover with second paper.
Start rolling it to a thickness of about ¼ inch.
As you roll, dough starts to soften more and starts to get sticky. So once it is rolled out, take it carefully and put on the cookie sheet and chill it again till it is firm. (I have kept in freezer for 15 minutes.)
Once chilled, now peel the top parchment paper.
Cut out the cookies using the gingerbread man cookie cutter.
Use the flat spatula to lift the cookies and arrange them on prepared cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
Now you will have scrapes. Gather everything and make the smooth ball. Again same as above use the parchment paper and roll out the dough to a thickness of ¼ inch. Cut out using the cookie cutter.
again chill in the fridge or freezer.
Now turn the oven on and preheat at 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C for at least 10 minutes.
Now the cutout cookies are chilled. Bake into preheated oven for about 7-10 minutes(depending on the size of your cookies). For me, girl took 10 minutes.
While boy took 8 minutes baking time.
Let them cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes.
Then transfer them on wire rack to cool completely.
Take powdered sugar, corn flour in a bowl.
Add vanilla and start with little milk at a time.
Mix it till you get thick icing. The consistency should be thick not runny at all.
Prepare the icing bag. you can use ziplock bag and cut the small tip.
Once cookies are cooled completely, start decorating.