Haha, made you look,
right? While we can't offer the perfect man this holiday season, we
can offer the perfect Gingerbread Man,
thanks to our friends at Food
Here, we found a great recipe for THE perfect gingerbread man.
Try this out for yourself and let us know how "he" turns out. And
remember, even if he doesn't look perfect, as long as he's tasty,
you've done a good job!
Mix: Sift 3 1/2 cups flour, 1
baking soda and salt, 1 tablespoon
ground ginger, 2 teaspoons cinnamon
and 1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves and allspice
into a bowl. In another bowl, mix 6 tablespoons melted butter, 1
tablespoon melted shortening, 2/3 cup light brown sugar and 3/4 cup
molasses; beat in 1 egg with a mixer. Beat in the flour mixture in
two additions. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic and pat to
1/2 inch thick. Chill 2 hours.
Cut: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll
out each piece of dough to 1/4 inch thick, dusting with flour, if
needed. Cut into 3-to-5-inch gingerbread men and arrange 1 inch
apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Brush off excess
flour and chill 15 minutes.
Bake: Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, 10 to 12
minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool, then decorate with Royal
Royal Icing: Sift 2 tablespoons meringue powder (found in the
baking aisle or at crafts stores) and 1 pound confectioners' sugar
into a large bowl. Beat in 6 tablespoons water with a mixer until
glossy with soft peaks. Tint with food coloring, if desired.
To Draw: Transfer the icing to a resealable plastic bag; snip the
tip of one corner. For dots, hold the bag at a 90 degree angle. For
outlines, hold it at a 45 degree angle. Pipe onto the cooled
To Fill: Draw an outline with the icing, then thin the icing with
milk or water until it's the consistency of glue and spread inside
the outline with a paintbrush.
Be sure to visit Food Network or our very own Fiesta Recipe Corner
for more great recipes including delicious holiday snacks!
Life's a Fiesta! To get any of the ingredients for your very own
perfect gingerbread man above, stop by your local Fiesta Mart this
week and find out what's going on inside.