Did you ever imagine adorable gingerbread men being turned into vampires? Well it can be done with just a bit of frosting gel to his precious smile. It seems whatever recipe you have, you can turn it into something special for Halloween. I’ve never been a great fan of gingerbread cookies, but I have acquired a taste for them through the years. I guess next will be the quaint gingerbread houses  turned into haunted houses. Hummm, decorating these could be quite fun.

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    Can you imagine having a tray of these greeting your guests at the food table? They are frightfully delicious! I think they would be great fun to put in a box and hear the screams of fright when the box is opened.

    Well, you’ve seen the image, now to get down to the traditional gingerbread men recipe.

    Ingredients:
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    3/4 cup softened butter or margarine
    1/2 cup molasses
    1 egg
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    2 teaspoons ground ginger
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    frostings of your choice for decorating
    You may want to use M & M’s or Skittles for the buttons down the front of the body
    You may also like to have a Gingerbread Man cookie cutter.

    Now, to get this dough mixed up and popped in the oven:

    1.  Get out your mixer and large mixing bowl. You’ll need it to beat the brown sugar, butter, molasses and egg on medium speed until well blended.

    2. Turn the mixer down to low speed as you beat in the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt and cloves.

    3. You’re now ready to remove the dough from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Just make the dough into a ball and press into a flat disk. Wrap it up in plastic wrap and pop it in the refrigerator for an hour or until firm.

    4.  Back to work on your cooled, firm dough.

    5.  Heat oven to 350°F.

    6.  Get out the cookie sheets and give them a light glaze of cooking spray.

    7.  Lightly flour your working surface. Now, you’re ready to roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. I lightly flour my rolling pin to keep it from sticking and pulling out pieces of the dough.

    8.  Now for the fun part, cutting out the gingerbread men. Using a gingerbread man cookie cutter which needs to be lightly floured, too. That’s some sticky dough!

    9.  Place your gingerbread men 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.

    10.  Reroll dough scraps together, roll them out to 1/4-inch and cut out additional cookies. Do this step as many times as necessary.

    11. Bake 10 to 12 minutes in the oven.

    12.  Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Thorough cooling takes about 30 minutes.

    13. Now, you’re ready to decorate!

    This is a fun recipe that allows you to get creative.