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Gingerbread Men 

It's not the holiday without Gingerbread Men!

Ingredients:

Gingerbread Men
3/4 cup unsulphured molasses
3/4 cup butter
3-2/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp double-acting baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Confectioners Frosting
2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp milk
Assorted food colors (if desired)


Directions:

Gingerbread Men
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Set aside. In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses and beat until well combined. Gradually add the flour mixture beating until incorporated. Divide the dough in half, and wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350F and place rack in center of oven. Line 2 cookie sheets with wax paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a gingerbread cutter to cut out the cookies. Lift cookies onto the baking sheet, placing them about 1 inch apart. Bake for about 8 - 12 min depending on the size. They are done when they are fi rm and the edges are just beginning to brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for about 1 minutes. When they are fi rm enough to move, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Confectioners frosting can be used to decorate the cookies.

Confectioners Frosting
Cream the butter until smooth and well blended. Add the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the sugar. Add the milk and beat on high speed until frosting is light and fluffy (about 3-4 min). Add a little more milk if too dry. Place the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip and decorate the gingerbread men as desired. Tint portions of frosting with desired food color (I use the paste food coloring that is available at cake decorating stores and party stores).

Makes about 3 dozen cookies depending on the size of cookie cutter used.
  • It's not the holidays without Gingerbread Men!

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