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Crisp Gingerbread Cutouts Recipe

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My grandsons Nathan and Caleb Wray started cooking by helping their grandpa mix up waffle and pancake batter. Now we make these cookies together.—Shelia Hanauer, Reidsville, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 54 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Raisins, halved
  • Red-hot candies

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well (dough will be soft). Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter and place on greased baking sheets. Add raisins for eyes and red-hots for buttons. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Crisp Gingerbread Cutouts in Taste of Home December/January 1998, p13

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