Gingerbread People


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Great for kids to decorate and fun to cut out and bake as well.

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  • 2 Tbs. dark molasses
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 3 1/4 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 C. lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. grated orange zest
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 C. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces

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Using a whisk, vigorously stir the molasses, water and egg together in a small bowl or cup and set aside. Blend the flour, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, orange zest and all the spices. Distribute the butter over the flour mixture and blend until the dough resembles coarse meal. Pour the molasses mixture over the flour mixture, and blend until the dough comes together. Place the dough on a work surface and knead it for several seconds. Divide the dough into two slabs, wrap each in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one to two hours.

When you're ready to make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove one slab of dough from the refrigerator and place it between two new pieces of plastic wrap. Roll it out 1/8" thick. Remove the top piece of plastic wrap, and using a 5" cookie cutter, cut out as many "people" as you can. Using a spatula, place the cookies on a prepared baking sheet, leaving about 1" between them. Place currants for eyes and little cinnamon candies for buttons and the mouth, pressing them down slightly into the dough. Repeat with the second slab, then put the scraps together, roll and repeat the process. Place the cookies in the oven and bake until firm, 12-14 minutes. Cool completely on the baking sheet or on wire racks. While the cookies are cooling, prepare icing, then finish decorating.

Yield: about 15 5" gingerbread people

Gary R Beck, San Francisco, CA

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