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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Gingerbread Men

This is what we did today....home economics....we made Gingerbread men! YUM....Here is the recipe I pulled from Allrecipes....it makes A LOT! It is worth the time...they are really good!!

6 cups all purpose flour 1 cup molasses
1 TBSP baking powder 1 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP ginger 1/2 cup water
1 tsp nutmeg 1 egg
1 tsp cloves 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
*Sift together flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon; set aside.
In medium bowl, mix shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla till smooth.
Gradually add dry ingredients till all is absorbed. Divide dough into 3 parts; pat down to 1 1/2 inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350*. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with gingerbread man cookie cutter. Place cookies about an inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes. When cookies are done, remove to wire rack and let cool; once cooled you can ice with icing of your choice....I used buttercream icing.
#1 rule at our house: if a cookie breaks...you must eat it!! Needless to say...we broke a lot of cookies today...Mmmmm, wonder if that was on accident or purpose??? I'll never tell!!! ; )

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