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Gingerbread Boy

post #1 of 10
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Dd heard the story of the Gingerbread Boy at the library this week and is desperate to make one.

She's never had cookies (she just turned two). I wanted a good recipe - it doesnt have to be gingerbread, just something that would bake in the shape of a Gingerbread man and taste reasonable, not too sweet.

Any ideas, anyone?
post #2 of 10
Here's one I found at Wholefoods:


But I just wanted to say that traditional gingerbread cookies are not terribly sweet. They get their flavour from the wonderful spices. My mother used to have a gingerbread cookie making party every year before Christmas and invite a few neighbourhood Mom's and kids. We'd make amazing gingerbread people using a garlic press for hair and all kinds of stuff found around the house - no icing just dough. The Moms would always make anatomically correct people and giggle allot.

I will ask my Mom for her recipe because she tried a few before settling on this one. I can't say it was the most delicious ginger bread but it modelled well and didn't break when hung on the tree! PM me if you want it.
post #3 of 10
I want it! Can't you post it? Or is it semi-secret?
post #4 of 10
Hee hee! No, not top secret, I just thought it might not be natural enough for some. Actually, as kids, we weren't exactly clamouring to eat these cookies because they were so hard! Anyway, I have put the request into my mum and will post the recipe as soon as I hear back from her.
post #5 of 10
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Thanks Liz! I'm looking forward to trying it out when you post it!
post #6 of 10

Here it is!


1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup soft butter or margarine

2 3/4 cups sifted flour
2 [or more] teaspoons powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda

1/2 cup buttermilk [or yogurt]


Mix first three ingredients well.
Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk [or yogurt].
Mix until smooth.

Chill several hours.

Roll out on floured board to about 1/4-inch thickness.
Cut with fancy cookie cutters.

Bake in 375-degree oven until lightly browned, about 10-15 minutes.

Makes 5 to 6 dozen [if using smallish shapes].


This recipe for "Ginger Cutouts" appeared in "The Collector's Cook Book: Cookies,"
Woman's Day, December 1958.

I like to use a gingerbread-boy cutter and decorate the cookies before baking--by incising, embossing, and laying on bits of dough rolled into eyes, buttons, etc., cut into belts, suspenders, etc., and turned into hair with a garlic press. The different areas of dough rise in surprising ways while in the oven, and very funny gingerbread people sometimes emerge.

Used this way, the recipe makes fewer cookies: about 30.

Liz's Mom
November 2002
post #7 of 10
This recipe is spicy and not so sweet. If you cut the cookies sweet, it makes a nice soft cookie, but is still firm enough to decorate. They will not work for ornaments. I love the softness and spicy taste. My son is not so sure about the spice, but he likes eating the candies while decorating them.

1/2 cup butter or Earth Balance shortening, at room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp ground ginger
1-1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp water
1 egg

In a large mixing bowl, cream everything except the flour and water. Then add the flour and water to make a stiff dough. Chill in the refridgerator for at least one hour or until firm.
Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut your cookies.
Bake at 375 degrees farenheit for 9-10 minutes.
This makes 18-24 cookies, depending on the size of the cookies.

Decorate with royal icing and dried fruits. Skip the candy unless you want your child to eat all of the candy while decorating.

edited to add that you can cut the dried fruit into little shapes. You could also use those fruit leather things.
post #8 of 10
I meant to say "if you cut the cookies thick", not "sweet". :
post #9 of 10
I also forgot to put in that you need 2 cups flour. I'm a little scatterbrained today.
post #10 of 10
without the flour could be interesting
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