HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD MEN RECIPE
Cookies ▢¾ cup butter softened ▢1 cup dark brown sugar ▢1 egg ▢½ cup molasses ▢3 cups all purpose flour ▢1 teaspoon baking soda ▢¼ teaspoon salt ▢1 teaspoon ginger ▢2 teaspoon cinnamon ▢¼ teaspoon clove ▢¼ teaspoon nutmeg Royal Icing ▢2.5 tablespoon meringue powder ▢¼ cup water ▢¼ teaspoon cream of tartar ▢½ lb powdered sugar ▢food color if you are tinting the icing
Place softened butter in a large mixing bowl. Add brown sugar and mix using a hand or stand mixer until butter and sugar are creamed together.
Pour in molasses and then crack in one egg. Mix until well combined. Add flour and top with baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger. Mix until all of the flour is incorporated. Form into a ball and cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 or more hours.
Separate dough into two sections and roll out on a floured board with a rolling pin until it is 1.4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut into shapes. Transfer to a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes. Cool on wire rack until completely cool.
While the cookies are cooling, make the royal icing. Pour water into a large mixing bowl. Add meringue powder. Mix for 30 seconds. To the mixtures, add cream of tartar. Mix fo 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar. Mix for 10 minutes on lowest speed.
Transfer to a piping bag and pipe icing onto cooled cookies. Let cookies dry completely, about 2 hours and enjoy!