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Gingerbread Men recipe

Queen Elizabeth of England is creditedwith creating this fun cookie in the 16th century, when she orderedcakes spiced with ginger to be baked in the shapes of her friends.

Recipe: Gingerbread Men

7 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking soda2 teaspoons ground ginger1/2 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon ground allspice1 teaspoon ground cloves1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 cup packed brown sugar1/3 cup vegetable shortening1 1/2 cups dark molasses2/3 cup cold water

  • In large bowl, combine first 7 ingredients,mixing well; set aside.
  • In large mixing bowl beat together withelectric mixer on medium speed the sugar and shorteninguntil fluffy; add the molasses and water, mixing well. Stir inthe flour mixture until just mixed.Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).Lightly grease baking sheets.
  • Roll about 1/4 of the dough 1/4-inch thickon lightly floured surface. Cut with a floured gingerbread cutteror other shaped cutters. Place about 2-inches apart on bakingsheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until noindentation remains when touched. Transferto wire racks to cool. Decorate with colored frosting, sugarand candies as desired.

    Makes about 2 1/2 dozen 2 1/2-inch gingerbreadmen.


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