Tater Tot and Gingerbread Man

Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man! These Gingerbread Man cookies are so fun to make with children. You can decorate them and they are delicious.

Remember that old poem about The Gingerbread Man?
My grandson, Tater Tot, loves his Nana Juju’s gingerbread man cookies.
3/4 cup butter at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream butter, sugar and molasses with mixer on low.  Add rest of the ingredients and mix on low until smooth.  Divide into two equal balls, wrap with saran wrap and put in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight. 
Remove one dough ball at a time and roll out on floured surface with rolling pin that has been floured.  Roll to about 1/4 inch thick.  The thinner you can get them the better because they swell up while cooking.  Dip cutter in flour, cut out cookies, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.  Let sit for 7 or 8 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.  I have a large and small gingerbread man cutter.  The large one is 6 inches and the small one is 3 inches.  This recipe makes 12 large men and 12 small ones with my cutters.   Enjoy as they are or you can put icing on them.
White frosting for Gingerbread Men:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
About 5 teaspoons milk
Mix together and put in pastry bag or plastic bag with end cut off to decorate the cookies.  Add milk if needed to get right consistency.
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