Chai Gingerbread Men

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 7 - Chai Gingerbread Men

Cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper give these cookies a deliciously spicy edge. A recipe I will enjoy making not just at Christmastime but all year long.


Chai Gingerbread Men
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  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 2 tsp ginger
  4. 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp ground cardamom
  6. 1/2 tsp cloves
  7. 1/2 tsp finely ground black pepper
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  10. 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  11. 1 egg
  12. 1/2 cup molasses
  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, pepper and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat butter and brown sugar 2 minutes, until fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg and molasses until just combined.
  4. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined.
  5. Divide dough in half and shape into disks; Wrap tightly in plastic.
  6. Refrigerate 2 hours.
  7. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Remove one dough disk from refrigerator.
  9. Generously flour work surface.
  10. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out gingerbread men with cookie cutter.
  11. Place on buttered baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  12. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees in batches until golden brown, about 14 minutes.
  14. Cool on wire racks, then decorate, if desired.
  1. Refrigerating the cookies prior to baking helps to prevent the cookies from spreading.
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