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Gingerbread Boys

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Ingredients
  Sifted regular all purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Double acting baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Ginger 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Vegetable shortening 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Granulated sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Molasses 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Egg yolk 1 , unbeaten
  Decorator frosting 1 Cup (16 tbs) (adjust quantity as needed)
  Red cinnamon candies 1 Tablespoon
Directions

Make early on day:
1. Onto wax paper sift flour with salt, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
2. In bowl cream shortening with sugar and molasses until light and fluffy; beat in egg yolk, then flour mixture.
3. Start heating oven to 350°F.
4. On lightly-floured surface, roll out dough 1/4 inch thick. Using floured gingerbread-boy cutter, cut out cookies. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
6. Cool on wire racks. Meanwhile, make Decorating Frosting.
7. When cool, decorate boys this way: With decorating bag and plain tube number 4, use frosting to make eyes, nose, mouth, and bowtie, as pictured. Also make 3 small white buttons on each, then press a cinnamon candy on each button. Makes 24 5-inch boys.
Decorating frosting: Into small bowl sift 1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar with 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar; add 1 egg white and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract; with mixer at high speed, beat until frosting holds its shape. Cover with a damp cloth.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie
Ingredient: 
Cinnamon

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