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Gingerbread Men Recipe

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This recipe for Gingerbread Men, by , is from The Dickinson Family Cookbook Project, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Linda Dickinson


3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 T ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
6 T melted butter
1 T melted shortening
2/3 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
1 egg

Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice into a bowl. In another bowl mix the butter, shortening, brown sugar, molasses, and beat in 1 egg with a mixer. Beat in the flour mixture one half at a time. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic and pat to 1/2 inch thick. Chill for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350. On a floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to 1/4 inch thick, dusting with flour, if needed. Cut into 3 to 5 inch gingerbread and arrange 1 inch apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Brush off excess flour and chill 15 minutes. Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes.

Transfer to a rack and cool, then decorate with Royal Icing.

Royal Icing:
1 pound confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
3 egg whites

Add water if necessary to get desired consistency.

Use food coloring for festive colors. Paint on cookies and fill a resealable plastic bag and snip the end for drawing lines and accents.




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