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Gingerbread Boy Cookies Recipe
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Gingerbread Boy Cookies Recipe

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Mom always used the same round-headed cookie cutter to make her "boys." They always came out of the oven soft and chewy with plenty of traditional molasses-ginger flavor. —Donna Sasser Hinds, Milwaukie, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:36-48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 36-48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Decorating icing, nonpareils, red-hot candies or candies of your choice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 64 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 47 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, molasses and vinegar; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; cool to lukewarm. Stir in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; stir into molasses mixture to form a soft dough.
  2. Divide dough into thirds. Shape each portion into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate as desired. Yield: 3-4 dozen.
Originally published as Gingerbread Boy Cookies in Taste of Home June/July 2006, p35

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 64 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 47 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Reviews for Gingerbread Boy Cookies

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

These cookies turn out great; so great, my son suggested that I make a few more for our Christmas Party. I made the first bunch as Christmas presents and I can't wait to hear their response.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

Holly Cow! This is the best gingerbread boy recipe ever! I have been looking for this one a long time. I flooded them with royal icing to make snowmen. They are already all gone :(

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

this is the best gingerbread cookie recipe I have ever made. So easy. I didn't have any trouble with cutting them out, the timing for cooking them was just right right. Can't wait to decorate and put them in my gift baskets.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

We made these last year and again this year because they were so good! Many gingerbread cookies are so spicy and hard, but these were soft and chewy with a nice amount of spice.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

simple and delicious!

dough was easy to make and easy to handle even for smaller hands.

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