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The Gingerbread Man

The FOTW is GINGERBREAD!!! Learn the story of The GINGERBREAD Man... uh... WOman from Grandma and how to make GINGERBREAD COOKIES!
Ingredients
For the wet mixture
  Shortening 1 Cup (16 tbs), melted, cooled slightly (Butter-flavored Crisco)
  Molasses 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Packed brown sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Eggs 1 Medium
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  Butter extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
For the dry mixture
  All purpose flour 6 Cup (96 tbs)
  Baking powder 1 Tablespoon
  Ground ginger 1 Tablespoon
  Ground nutmeg 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1 Tablespoon
For brushing the cookie dough
  Melted butter 2 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and extracts until smooth.
2. In a separate bowl, add and stir together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.
3. Gradually add and mix in flour mixture (dry mixture) to the bowl with wet ingredients.
4. Divide the dough into 2 sections (roll into ball), place in 2 large zip lock bags, and refrigerate for 3 hours (at least) or overnight.

MAKING
5. Preheat oven to 350 °F (177 °C) to make it all nice and toasty.
6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough (1 section at a time) out until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
7. Cut into gingerbread man shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies, 1 inch apart onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
8. Brush lightly with butter and bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven.
9. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on wire racks.

SERVING
10. Serve as it is plain or frosted with icing.

Things You Will Need
1. Baking sheet
2. Gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Servings: 
15
Craving for something sweet? Don't worry check out the video of the delicious Baked Gingerbread Cookie prepared by chef Jenny. A great dessert which hardly takes time to prepare.

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