These gingerbread men decorated cookies are soft and spicy, very tender and so good!
These cookies are meant to be soft and tender, but thick enough to handle without breaking them.
To maintain this perfect consistency, you need to be careful not to overwork the dough. After the flour is added to the rest of your ingredients, make sure to mix until just combined.
Over mixing the dough can add excess air to the dough and gluten development, causing your cookies to have a denser consistency.
Refrigerating the dough before cutting your little men will make your life way easier. Handling cold dough is easier, and will make the process faster and with less complications.
Also, this will ensure that your cookies don’t spread too much! There’s nothing worse than your gingerbread men loosing their form for excess spreading while baking.
And lastly, refrigerating your dough makes it have more depth of flavor and consistency will also improve.
To avoid your cookies from absorbing moisture, make sure to store them in an air-tight container at room temperature.
Wrapping them individually will ensure they stay fresher for a longer period of time and will help avoid the cookies absorbing moisture.
They will keep fresh for around 5 days if stored correctly.
You definitely can! I made these and froze them already decorated for 3 weeks, and they were perfect when defrosted, even the royal icing and sprinkles!
Just make sure they are very well stored before freezing, in a freezable air tight container and with parchment paper between each layer of cookies to prevent them from sticking between one another.
If you have enough patience, you can wrap them individually -and very carefully- with aluminum foil or plastic wrap; this will make them have a better chance at avoiding frost bite from your freezer.
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