Three and a half cups of all purpose flour
One cup of melted unsalted butter
Half a cup of molasses
One and a half cups of brown sugar
One third cup of ginger powder
One table spoon of cinnamon
One table spoon of baking powder
One table spoon of vanilla extract
Two cups of powdered sugar
Two tablespoons of butter
Two tablespoons of cream cheese
Two table spoons of milk
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a few cookie baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl add the butter, eggs and sugar and mix them together. Gradually mix in the molasses, followed by the ginger powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon and then baking powder.
Add the flour to the mixture and knead it until it becomes into a round ball of dough.
Separate the dough into two portions. Roll out the first portion flat until it is about two centimetres thick.
Use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut out the cookies by pressing it down on the rolled out dough. Combine the left over dough and keep on cutting out cookies until you know longer have any dough left.
Repeat this with the second portion of dough.
Lay out the cookies onto the baking sheets and bake them for approximately eight to ten minutes.
Once the cookies have baked, let them cool down before you decorate them.
For the icing, mix all the ingredients (powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese and milk) together.
Use icing piping with a narrow tip to decorate your cookies. You can also use any candy or chocolate of your choice additionally as well to decorate your cookies.
This recipe should yield approximately 40 to 6o cookies, depending on the thickness of your cookies.
Enjoy your baking and gingerbread cookies!