Sunday, December 03, 2006

Holiday Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Ahh the holiday spirit is in the air and nothing says Christmas quite like a batch of gingerbread cookies. Not only are they tasty but they are fun to decorate as you let your imagination take you back to your childhood. We would like to share a recipe for a great batch of gingerbread cookies.

You will need:
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened.

1/2 cup suger.

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

1 teaspoon baking powder.

1/2 teaspoon allspice.

1/2 teaspoon baking soda.

1/2 cup unsulphured molasses.

1 large egg.

2 cups all-purpose flour.

Tubes of white, green, and red icing.

In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, allspice, and baking soda until blended. Beat in the molasses and egg. Beat in the flour on low speed until blended. Wrap the dough and chill until it is firm, about 1 hour and a half. When it is ready, roll out the dough on a well-floured surface and cut with gingerbread men cookie cutters. Place the gingerbread men on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees, until lighty browned. Let cookies cool and decorate with colored icing. You can attach decorating tips to the icing tubes to create pattern designs for the buttons, bowtie, etc. You can also use embellishments like candies and colored sugars.

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