Ginger and maple pair beautifully together in this easy recipe for Maple Gingerbread Men. This version also includes both fresh ginger and powdered ginger which amplifies the pronounced aromatic flavor of these cookies. They will keep in an airtight container up to two weeks after baking, and, because they store well, you can give them to friends, family and neighbors as gifts.
Place the fresh ginger, butter, maple sugar, molasses and maple syrup together in a small saucepan set over low heat. Whisk them together until the butter melts, and then turn off the heat.
Add the flour, powdered ginger, baking soda and sea salt to the bowl of a stand mixer, and then pour the liquid ingredients and the egg into the dry ingredients. Using the paddle attachment, beat the dry ingredients together with the wet ingredients until they form a firm dough.
Turn the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap, wrap the dough well and refrigerate it for 1 hour.
Heat the oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Turn the chilled dough out onto a floured work surface, and roll it out until it's about 1/4-inch thick. Cut out the cookies, and place them on the lined baking sheets. Bake the cookies about 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on their baking sheets, and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.