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Gingerbread Snow Globe

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

about 12 dozen (2-inch cookies)

I make a big batch of these gingerbread cookies every Christmas to give to co-workers and family. For a festive decoration, arrange cutouts in a large clear jar to look like a snow globe. —Kelly Kirby, Mill Bay, British Columbia
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Light corn syrup
  • Coarse sugar
  • Assorted sprinkles

Directions

  1. Mix water and vinegar. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in molasses. In another bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt and cloves; add to creamed mixture alternately with water mixture, beating well after each addition.
  2. Divide dough into 6 portions. Shape each into a disk; cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut dough with assorted holiday cookie cutters. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Using a new paintbrush, brush corn syrup onto edges of cookies; dip into coarse sugar. Decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until set.
  5. For snow globe, place coarse sugar in a decorative glass jar. Arrange cookies in jar. Decorate jar with ribbon.
Editor's Note: Frost or pipe cookies with plain or tinted frosting. Decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until set. For snow globe, place coarse sugar in a decorative glass jar. Arrange cookies in jar. Decorate jar with ribbon.

Nutrition Facts

1 (2-inch) cookie: 87 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.