Recipe courtesy of Hamilton

Gingerbread Boys with a Bite

These gingerbread men have a real bite. I found this old recipe for gingerbread men somewhere, and when I went to make them I decided to add my own personal touches! This is my own recipe and it is always a favorite at the cookie swap and at the holidays. The icing gives me the shivers because I like to add a lot of lemon juice (it goes wonderfully with the spicy gingerbread), and that is how it got its name.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 48 min
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Inactive: 3 hr
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 24
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Ingredients

Cookies:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

Royal Icing to Give You the Shivers:

2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 egg whites*

Lemon juice, to taste

Directions

  1. For the cookies:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside. In a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and molasses, and beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture, a little at a time, and mix until incorporated and a dough is formed. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.
  4. Roll dough out to 1/4-inch thick, and cut gingerbread men with cookie cutters. Transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake until set, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  5. For the icing:
  6. In a mixer, combine sugar, cream of tartar, and egg whites*, and beat until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Mix in the lemon juice to taste. Transfer icing to a piping bag and decorate gingerbread men.
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