Saturday, November 28, 2015

Spice/Gingerbread Men Cookies

Are you anything like me when it comes to gingerbread men cookies?  Do you look at them, smile, it brings back such memories doesn't it?  Pick one up, take a bite and then think to yourself; "ugh, I wish it had better taste".  Do you?  Am I the only one?  
Well on my mission to make those cookies at least to me edible, I've experimented over the years, and have tried tons of recipes.  With some tweaking here, and some tweaking there.  I have found, what is it that Goldilocks says?  Oh yes, "one that is just right"!

These cookies are softer, and just bursting with spice flavor.  They look pretty and fill your "cookie platters" with just the right whimsical touch!  The dough is perfectly forgiving and is very easy to work with so everything comes together quickly.

 Ready for the recipe?  Here we go!

Prep time: 35 minutes
Bake time: 18-20 minutes
Yield: 24 - 3" inch cookie cutters

1 egg
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp packed dark brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp round nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp salt

-Preheat oven to 325F

-Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

-Beat the egg with honey and set aside.

-In food processor, combine flour, baking powder and your spices.  With processor running, add in your butter, sour cream and brown sugar.  Process in 30 second increments.  Pulse in the reserved egg mixture until dough forms.

-Divide dough in half; wrap and refrigerate 1 piece.  On lightly floured surface, roll out remaining dough to 1/8' thickness.  Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes and place on baking sheets.  Place 2" apart.  

-Bake 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool 5 minutes and transfer cookies to cooling racks to cool completely.

Decorate with your favorite frosting and watch them disappear with gusto!

Till next time!
Dishin with Didi


  1. Didi, these are soooooo cute!!! :D

  2. Almost too cute to eat! Almost. :P

  3. I make gingerbread men every year! This will be my recipe this year and I know they will taste amazing! Mela

    1. Thank you my Mela!! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. The dough is so forgiving!!

  4. What a great variation and a traditional cookie!! So cute, too!!

  5. Pepper - really? I am all over this! Just bought the cutest new gingerbread cutter on black friday!! THANKS lovey!!

    1. Such a forgiving dough Michelle!! Let me know!

  6. Pepper - really? I am all over this! Just bought the cutest new gingerbread cutter on black friday!! THANKS lovey!!

  7. Your gingerbread men are so cute…they have so much personality. :D

    1. LOL Thank you Karen, I figure they "can't all be happy" all the time!!