last weekend i was approached by another parent at ella's ballet school, asking for donations of baked goods... "you look like a mum that knows how to bake!" is what she said. i was totally caught off guard, and once my name was down on the volunteer list, it was, "oh! you're the artist!" i had no idea the other parents referred to me as that. nice though.
so as prep for the bake sale i made some gingerbread men (thank you meagan for making the dough for me)... an army in fact... i can fit 15 cookies on each of my cookie sheets, and i think there was at least 6 trays. i also made an equal amount of sugar cookie stars and snowflakes. once i ice all of them i'll post more pics.
(adapted from a martha stewart recipe)
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
4 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs
1 cup unsulfured molasses
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in spices and salt, then eggs and molasses. Add flour mixture; combine on low speed. Divide dough in thirds, and wrap in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats (a French nonstick baking mat). Set aside. On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough 1/8-inch thick. Cut into gingerbread people shapes. Transfer to prepared baking sheets.
- Cut out desired decorations and place on cookies. Press currants into dough to create eyes and buttons. To create hair, roll a piece of dough into a ball and pass through a clean garlic press. Attach hair to heads. Bake until crisp, but not darkened for about 20 minutes. Let cookies cool on wire racks.
- Decorate with royal icing.