Gingerbread Dessert Cake for Christmas

Gingerbread Dessert Cake for Christmas
Gingerbread Dessert Cake for Christmas


Prep Time: 35 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 5 Hours

Gingerbread Dessert Cake for Christmas
Ingredients
Gingerbread Men
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour , plus more for rolling out the cookies
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger , or use 2 tsp for a stronger flavor
  • 1/2 cup unsulphered molasses , spray the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray first to avoid sticking
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Royal Icing
  • food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar , sifted
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp clear corn syrup
Confectioners Frosting
  • food coloring
  • 1 - 2 tbsp milk or cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar , sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened

Instructions
Gingerbread Men
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Then beat in the egg, vanilla and molasses.
  3. Carefully beat in the flour mixture until it's all incorporated.
  4. Divide the dough in 2, form each half into a round disc, wrap each in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  6. Work with one ball of dough at a time. If the dough was in the fridge over night, you may need to let it warm up for 10-15 minutes first.
  7. On a well floured countertop using a well floured rolling pin, roll out one disc of the dough until it's about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes and place 1-2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 8-12 minutes until the tops are set. (This will depend on the size of your cookie cutters and the thickness of the dough).
Royal Icing
  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar, corn syrup and milk. Mix in a little more milk or powdered sugar as necessary.
  2. Divide into small bowls and mix with food coloring.
  3. Decorate the cookies using piping bags, or a knife. I like to use disposable piping bags and a 4M tip.
Buttercream Frosting
  1. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter until fluffy.
  2. Beat in the powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time, then beat in the milk or cream. Add in a little extra powdered sugar or milk/cream as necessary.
  3. Divide the icing into small bowls and mix with food coloring.
  4. Frost the cookies using piping bags or a knife.

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