Gingerbread People

I don't quite know how Christmas snuck up on us once again, but the season is in full swing and so is my Christmas baking. The first batch of cookies I whipped up this December were Gingerbread people, a favourite of mine to make (who else likes to eat the dough?) A few years ago I picked up these great cookies cutters from one of my favourite shops in Sidney, BC, Cameron Rose (if you haven't been you have to go!) Whenever I bring these Gingerbread people as gifts with missing limbs and heads, I always get a laugh or a weird, creeped out look. 

Recipe:

  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups molases 

Directions: Combine dry ingredients in bowl. In separate bowl combine butter and sugar and beat. Next beat in eggs, one at a time, and then molasses. Gradually add the dry ingredients. Divide into 4 balls and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. (Or if you're impatient like me, throw them in the freezer until hard.) Roll out dough to 1/4" thick. You can then put the cut out cookies in the freezer for 20 minutes to ensure they don't spread (I don't bother with this step though.) Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.