These anthropomorphic cookies are a favorite among children and holiday-enthusiasts alike.
By Marissa Sertich
If you’ve already hauled out the holly, decked the halls and bedazzled your home to look like a Lite Brite, you’re next mission is probably to raise a small army of gingerbread men. These anthropomorphic cookies are a favorite among children and holiday-enthusiasts alike. While according to some sources, the edible human representations were originally used as substitutes for live sacrifice, the cookie has lost all ominous implications since the invention of the incurably friendly, gumdrop button. In other cultures, the cookies were exchanged as love tokens with affectionate words written on them – like the modern-day conversation heart. Whatever your intentions are for taking out your mixing bowl and rolling out these tasty figurines, here is a delicious recipe that is sure to satisfy any sacrifice, admirer, or cookie-lover.
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2½ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl mix together flour and baking powder.
- In a large bowl cream the butter and cream cheese.
- Add sugar and egg; beat until blended. Add vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients and mix until a smooth dough forms.
- Roll the dough out about a half and inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
- Place on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes, or until edges are golden.
- When cookies come out of the oven, use a basting brush to brush some melted butter on the tops of each cookie.
- Allow to cool, decorate and enjoy!
Marissa Sertich Velie is a New York based pastry chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She passionately documents her adventures of baking and eating her way through the fascinating (and sometimes nutty) underbelly of the American pie. Velie has a Master's degree in Food Studies from NYU.