Can the Gingerbread Man
Excerpted from The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money
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Benefits: Homemade cookies decorated as you wish
There's nothing like an assortment of old-fashioned gingerbread man cookies to get friends and family into the holiday spirit. These make great stocking stuffers, gifts, or decorations.
Large Gingerbread Men (or in this case, mustaches)
Makes 24 large gingerbread men
3/4 cup (165 g) butter
1/2 cup (115 g) brown sugar, packed firm
3/4 cup (255 g) molasses
3 cups (360 g) sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) salt
1/2 teaspoon (1.1 g) ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon (1.1 g) ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons (3.6 g) powdered ginger
1 teaspoon (2.3 g) ground cinnamon
Spray a cookie sheet with cooking oil (* Katie note: I used parchment paper instead). Beat the butter and brown sugar together; add the egg and molasses. In a separate bowl, combine the flour with the salt and spices and mix it into the moist ingredients. Chill for 2 hours. Roll out the dough and cut out cookies. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C, or gas mark 5). Cool. Decorate with homemade icing.
* Katie note: I didn't decorate my cookies, since I liked them to look like mustaches, but you're welcome to use the icing recipe below to give your cookies a traditional look.
Homemade Gingerbread Icing
1 1/2 cups (180 g) confectioner's sugar
1 egg white
Several drops lemon juice
Beat the ingredients until thick and smooth. The mixture should stiffen up like a paste; if it's too runny, add more confectioners' sugar. Add food coloring if you wish; mix well. Put it in a pastry bag and pipe onto cookies. Cinnamon red hots make suitable eyes and mouths; use icing as glue. Once the icing has hardened (1 hour or so), tie on a hanging ribbon (if using) and wrap each cookie securely in plastic food wrap.
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