Gingerbread Men

There is something calming about having a rolling pin in your hand.

Rolling the dough each way until it’s perfectly flattened and evenly spread.

I have always wanted to make gingerbread men, so I decided to make some for the neighbors next year. I felt totally professional with my rolling pin and floured hands, and I think I might make this a tradition.

I feel pretty certain my mom will be happy with this decision. Apparently my dad didn’t even get to try any of the leftovers. Enough said.

Despite a rainy, cold Christmas Eve, I hope you have the most fabulous Christmas Eve ever. There is something magical about Christmas Eve. Children are hopeful. Crowds are at a fine line of crazy and calming down. And for all you religious ones out there, we all know that sparkly look in the eyes of everyone holding the candles while singing Christmas hymns. Pure. Magic.

Merry Christmas Eve. Make it a good one.

Gingerbread Men
Adapted slightly from Whole Foods Market

3 c flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 c sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp brandy
2/3 c unsulfured molasses

1. Sift flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a bowl.
2. Combine butter and sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, brandy and molasses.
3. Slowly add in flour mixture.
4. Refrigerate overnight.
5. In the morning (or whenever), on a floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4-1/2″ and cut with cookie cutters. Repeat until all dough is used.
6. Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, or until cookies are slightly brown on the edges and cookies are slightly firm.

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