Gingerbread People

Gingerbread People 250 Image by: Gingerbread People 250 Author: Canadian Living

Kids love to decorate these Christmas cookies as their imaginations inspire.

  • Portion size 26 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday 2008

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cups cooking molasses
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 salt
  • Royal Icing for Cookies recipe
  • assorted candies

Method

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and molasses. In separate bowl, whisk together fl our, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, baking powder and salt; stir into molasses mixture in 3 additions, blending with hands and kneading to combine.

Divide into thirds; shape into flat rectangles. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Between parchment paper, roll out each rectangle to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. With floured 5-inch (12 cm) gingerbread people cutters, cut out cookies.

Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven until firm to the touch and light golden on edges, about 15 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool.

With piping bag fitted with 1/4-inch (5 mm) plain tip (or plastic bag with corner snipped off), pipe along edges of cookies and decorate as desired. Add candies if desired. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 51 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 218.0
  • Total fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 40 g

%RDI

  • Iron 11.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 20.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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