Twelve Days of Cookies: Gingerbread Men

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I have tried several gingerbread recipes over the years. This is by far my favorite recipe. With the other recipes I have tried they have never truly turned out.  These cookies are deliciously spicy and are especially fantastic when decorated with royal icing. This year I didn’t really have time to add any icing to these, but I have done it in the past and they turn out amazing.

Gingerbread Men:

1 Cup Butter

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Molasses

1 Egg

4 Cups Flour

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 ½ Teaspoon Ground Cloves

2 Teaspoons Ginger

1 Teaspoon Nutmeg

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Preheat the oven to 350. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.

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Mix in molasses and egg until well combined.

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Add the vanilla, soda, powder and spices. Combine well.

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Add the flour and mix until incorporated.

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Cover the bowl and chill for at least one hour.

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Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to approximately a ¼ inch thickness.

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Cut into the desired shapes. Place cookies onto a prepared baking sheet.

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Bake for 10 minutes. Decorate as desired.