Follow this recipe from my most trusted source Land o’ Lake: http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/1090/holiday-ginger-cookies.
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
1 large Egg
3 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon egg white powder
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
few drops food colouring: green & red (optional)
Combine sugar, butter, egg, molasses and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add all remaining cookie ingredients. Beat until well mixed. Divide dough in half; wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate until firm (1 to 2 hours).
Heat oven to 375°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 4-inch cookie cutter (See picture below for more detail steps). Place cookies, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes or until set. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire cooling rack. Cool completely.
Put 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar in a bowl. Stir in egg white powder. Add water and cream of tartar. Beat on high speed for 7 minutes. Add remaining icing sugar, beat until well mixed. Always cover with a damp cloth or place in an air tight container and refrigerate.
Really the key part is making ginger “android” instead of traditional gingerbread man/lady. Started my research by googing image for “gingerbread android”. Found one image that’s currently used in developer site that’s actually very simple and easy to cut out. Then download that. Resized it with that good old basic Paint utility. Then print out the template and stick on a harder cardboard to make it a sturdy template.
Then roll out the dough to 1/8 inches thick, and lay out the template to see how you can fit more android on the sheet of rolled dough.
Trim/cut cut carefully and you find a cute android
Don’t waste the scraps. Gather the remaining to form a dough ball and roll out the same thickness.
Layout on a baking sheet line with parchment paper. Remember to leave enough space between the cookies because they will GROW. So cute!!! I love ‘em
Decorated with green icing the outline the gingerbread. Although it does not look like the original template I was trying to make, I actually think this one is a lot cuter!
Ok let you be the judge. Do you agree my invention of a lot better Notice there is little fishy and cars because I did not want to waste the remaining bits.
Why I am going through all these trouble? Because I really want to get a Nexus S from this contest: http://twitter.com/#!/googlenexus/status/12605642812428288