Friday, December 2, 2016

Gingerbread Boys And Girls--


This is a must for the holidays--only because of a funny story!

I have a set of big and little ginger people cutters and I like to make the smaller ones
as it's just a pop in the mouth for a bite of deliciousness!

One year when I was baking the little ginger people, brown headed daughter had a (boy)
friend over to the house to visit.  They were sitting in the front room talking--
I took out a pan of the ginger people from the oven and holy moly, one of the little boys had
jumped right on top of the little girls!  It was so funny I just had to share with
BHD and her friend!  Guess what, she didn't think it was funny!!  And I don't think he ever came back to the house!

So here is the recipe for those gals and guys:

1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup butter
3 Tablespoons of molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Combine sugar, butter, egg, molasses and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.
  2. Divide dough in half; wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until firm.
  3. Heat oven to 375°F.
  4. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 4-inch cookie cutter. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-9 minutes or until set. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  5. Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Decorate cooled cookies with frosting as desired.

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