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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gingerbread Men

Nothing kicks of winter holidays better that holiday backing, fresh snow, and gingerbread men. I love dressing my edible friends up with frosting, cinnamon hearts, and whatever else catches my fancy. 

3 cups pastry flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, or coconut oil softened
3/4 cup molasses
1 1/2 cup brown sugar backed
1/4 cup soy milk
1 tbsp ground flax powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

(Preheat the oven to 325 F, and grease a couple cookie sheets.)

In a bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix well (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, salt).

In a separate large bowl combine the margarine, molasses and brown sugar. Whisk until smooth. 

In a small bowl combine the ground flax powder the soy milk, and the vanilla. Then add to the sugar/butter mix. Whisk well. 

Slowly fold in the dry ingredients, and mix well with a spatula to form a dough. The dough should be moist and a little sticky. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 

When ready, preheat the oven to 325 F, and roll the dough out onto a floured surface. The thicker your cookies are the chewier they will be. Cut into shapes and place on the cookie sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes. 

Decorate em however you want! 

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