Gingerbread People

Gingerbread People

  • ⅓ c. molasses                
  • !/2 C. light brown sugar
  • 1 T. ground ginger
  • ½ t. cinnamon
  • ½ t. ground cloves
  • ½ t. nutmeg
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ c. butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 ½ c. flour
  • ¼ t. baking powder
  • ¼ t. salt
  • Icing: 1 ¼ c. powdered sugar; 2 T. water; ¼ t. vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheets. In a medium saucepan, bring the molasses, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to a low boil, stirring occasionally. Add the baking soda and stir until the mixture foams up in the saucepan, 1-2 minutes. Place the butter pieces in a large bowl. Pour the hot molasses mixture over the butter and stir to melt the butter. Add the egg and stir to blend. Gradually stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it lightly until the dough is smooth; form it into a ball. Roll the dough out to a ¼ in. thickness. Cut out the cookies using floured cookie cutters. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch. apart. Gather, re-roll and cut the remaining scraps of dough. Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes or until crisp. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Put on icing/sprinkles/decorations when cooled.

 

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