Ginger Spice Cutouts

Ginger Spice Cutouts - 150 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Ginger Spice Cutouts - 150

Aspic cutters, used to make tiny cutouts in the tops of these cookies, can usually be found where cookie cutters are sold.

  • Portion size 36 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2009

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup fancy molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Filling:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon fancy molasses
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • 1 pinch salt
Topping:
  • 1 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons Demerara sugar

Method

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in molasses. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions, mixing with hands or kneading briefly if necessary. Divide in half and shape into discs; wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour, or for up to 24 hours.

Between lightly floured waxed paper, roll out each disc to scant 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using fluted 1-3/4-inch (4.5 cm) square cutter, cut out shapes, rerolling scraps. Using tiny aspic teardrop cutter, cut out 4 teardrops from each of half of the cookies to make tops. Refrigerate on paper on baking sheet until firm, about 30 minutes, or freeze for 15 minutes.

Topping: In small bowl, beat egg white until foamy; brush over tops of cutout cookies. Sprinkle with sugar. Arrange all cookies, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined baking sheets; bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until lightly browned and firm to the touch, about 10 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks for 5 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool completely.

Filling: In small bowl, beat together icing sugar, butter, molasses, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Spread scant 1 tsp (5 mL) on each cookie bottom; place tops on filling, pressing gently.

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 34 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 101.0
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Potassium 54 mg
  • Cholesterol 13 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 14 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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