Yesterday, I really needed to bake something. In addition to a 4-day-long rain storm (which caused my roof to leak into my apartment) and it being finals week for my graduate program, I found out my brother’s deployment to Afghanistan was being moved up by a week. He’s leaving tomorrow, not the 15th. Like I said, I needed to bake something.
And what does any other emotionally (un)stable woman in her 20′s do when in need of cookies? Why, she bakes ninjabread men and constructs battle scenes on her dining room table while eating their heads.
(FYI, these epic ninjabread men cookie cutters were a gift for Rahul and he handed them down to me for my own enjoyment. But you can find them here!)
Ninjabread Men (Gingerbread cookies) — makes 24-36 cookies
3/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
1 T baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 3/4 cup white flour
In a mixing bowl, combine softened butter, egg, brown sugar, and molasses. When well combined, add in the spices, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well. Slowly beat in the flour until a thick dough forms. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour until chilled and firm. (I divided the dough in 2 and froze the other half to use later). When dough has been chilling for at least 1 hour, preheat the oven to 375*. Roll out the dough on a well floured surface with a floured rolling pin and use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape. Bake for 10 minutes for softer cookies, 12 for crispier cookies. Decorate as desired.