I still can’t believe that Christmas is THIS FRIDAY! Time yet again, is flying by. I was a tad MIA last week on the blog since every family and friends gathering occurred and I’m simultaneously trying to get ready for our holiday trip to Australia (we leave tomorrow- yipeeee!). I hadn’t yet done any Christmas baking and had been meaning to make some gingerbread men – my second favourite holiday treat following my Grandmother’s empire cookies.
I made the dough a couple days prior (using this recipe), I felt that this was helpful since carving out the time for baking is hard enough. After chilling in the fridge for a couple of days I left out on the counter to bring the dough to room temperature. Note: Don’t leave too long like I did or your gingers will break! 10-15 minutes depending how long the dough had been chilling.
After rolling out the dough (roughly 1/8 inch thick – I had no idea how to really measure that so I simply guesstimated) place your cutter into the dough. Easy, right?
Simple place them carefully on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and pop them into the oven for 10-12 minutes rotating the cookie sheets from the top rack to the bottom rack midway through. As you can see, some of my guys are a little wonky but that’s okay right? I realized it was because the dough was too warm so my second batch was much better than the first but that’s what baking is all about right? Figuring it out on the way… well for me at least since I’m still a rookie.
Last step is to decorate! I stay pretty simple with white icing but leave your freak flag fly and decorate as much as you like!