Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread Cookies usually in the form of a stylized human figure, although other shapes or forms, especially seasonal themes (Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc.) are common.
The history of these cookies, one of the most famous cookies in the world, starting in the 15th century and the various forms and shapes in the 16th century. Since arriving the expensive and rare spices from the East to Europe and was for use on rich households, nobles and crowned.
The first documented case of human figure shaped gingerbread cookie was in the court of Elizabeth I of England. They had the form and showed similarity with some of the most important visitors.
This typical Christmas cookies, which are made in Northern and Central Europe and across the Atlantic, with ginger, cinnamon, cloves and honey or molasses and decorated with white, chocolate or colored glaze.

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Ingredients (~15 little men cookies)

  • 200g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 70g butter
  • 70g brown sugar
  • 60g (3 tbsp) honey
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp light oil, if necessary
In bowl suitable for the microwave or in a saucepan, add sugar, butter and honey. You heat them all together to melt the butter and make a uniform mixture. Mix and set aside to just drop the temperature.
In another bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add the spices and the melted butter mixture.
Mix with a spatula at the beginning and then with our hand. Do not knead.
Once the dough is formed into a ball, cover and set aside for 15 minutes. If the dough is too hard and crumbles, add an tablespoons oil or light to soften.
Lightly flour the work surface, you get about ⅓ of the dough and roll out with a rolling pin a sheet thickness of ~2-3 mm. With dough cuter in a little man shape or any other shape we cut the dough sheet.
Lift each cookie with a spatula to avoid breaking and place it onto paper and into the oven pan (a big baking tray with baking paper). With a toothpick make eyes, buttons and with a teaspoon we form the mouth. Continue with the remaining dough, gathering every time the rest of the cuts.
Put the pan in a preheated oven at 170℃ (338℉, Gas:3.5) air and for ~15', slightly browned edges of the wafer. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool the cookies completely, because they crumble as they are hot.
If you want decorate them with various designs or leave them as they are. Decorating suggestions are below.
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Decoration Ideas
✔ Mix water with sugar and natural Confectionery colors.
✔ Melted chocolate or dip in melted chocolate whole.
✔ Sprinkle with icing sugar.
✔ For cookies not for Christmas use simple dough cutter
On page Recipes & on the category of "Biscuits" you can find other biscuit recipes.

Author:Zambia G. Sifaki