18 January 2012

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Men

And now, for new recipe number three! Boyfriend and I had a lot of fun decorating these, and as a result, they get their own post.

My brother has a thing for gingerbread. And when I say "has a thing" I really mean "loves and is super super picky about." He has been searching for the perfect soft, chewy, delicious gingerbread men for months, possibly years and is continually dissatisfied with the harder, more crispy versions that he finds in stores everywhere.

So when I spotted this Gingerbread Man recipe over at the Brown Eyed Baker with an option to make them either thin and crispy OR soft and chewy, I figured it would be a great thing to make during boyfriend and I's baking marathon before Christmas. My brother was due home from college after a grueling semester that same night, and we both thought it would be a great surprise for him to come home to soft and chewy gingerbread men!

The recipe itself turned out delicious, although they could have used a bit more spice. The fault may very well have been ours however, since the grocery store was sold out of both ground ginger AND ground cloves, so we were forced to use the bazillion year old ones that we found in the spice cabinet. They've probably lost some potency over the years.

Additionally, the dough was SUPER SUPER SUPER sticky and pretty difficult to work with, even after not just refrigerating, but freezing, using wax and parchment paper for rolling and cutting, AND after throwing in probably half a cup more flour than was called for. I suspect that it is the fault of the molasses. Next time I will try using light molasses instead of dark molasses, and maybe that'll make a difference.

Regardless of the problems, they came out delicious, and the real fun came in when we started decorating them. Neither of us was really terribly competent with the cookie icing, but we got some pretty interesting ones out of it. Above you can see our Monster From the Deep cookie, a Leela from Futurama cookie, and one of the few traditional ones.

And here's Magic Mushroom Addict Gingerbreadman.

Because of the dough stickiness, we had some mishaps when transferring the men to the cookie sheets, and so as a result we have Half Eaten Gingerbreadman, complete with pink cookie icing blood. (There may or may not be something wrong with us, apparently.)

And poor Broken Leg Gingerbreadman, all bound up in his cast.

And then there's this guy. I'm not really sure what he is, but I like him.

While the cookies were not "perfect" they seemed to get the brother seal of approval, since they were all gone within 48 hours. Let's see how they turn out next time with the recipe changes...



Timiae said...

YUM!!! They look delicious (and obviously were)... I'm a huge gingerbread fanatic and chewy gingerbread men sound amazing.

Karen said...

Looks like WAAAAY too much fun! I'd probably get in trouble making those for the relatives for Christmas. But for me at home? Totally!