Here is a recipe for gingerbread cookies men without molasses. This is the source for the recipe (in Bulgarian).
- 2 1/2 cups flour (285 g)
- 1 tsp backing powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 cup honey (220 g)
- 1 stick (125 g) chopped butter at room temperature
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
Sift in a bowl flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon.
Meanwhile warm up honey on a double broiler for 5 minutes, add chopped butter, remove from heat and stir well to incorporate. After additional 5 minutes add egg, beat well with a handheld mixer and slowly add the dry flour mixture.
You will obtain a soft shortbread dough. Put in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours - the harder the dough gets, the easier it will be for processing further.
Take dough out of the fridge, place on a baking paper, dust top of the dough with little flour and roll until 1/8-inch (0.3 cm) thick. Cut cookies with a floured cutter, make a hole into each one gingerbread man's head and place each one on a cookie sheet, remaining enough space between them (about an inch/ 2-3 cm). Work fast, if the dough gets too soft, it will spread into the oven and the gingerbread cookies will loose their shape.
Bake until light golden - about 10 minutes.Take out of the oven, let cool (they are soft while hot and they will break if you try to transfer them to a plate, so be patient).