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Gingerbread Snow Globe

I make a big batch of these gingerbreads every Christmas to give to co-workers and family. For a festive decoration, arrange cookies in a large clear jar to look like a snow globe. —Kelly Kirby, Westville, Nova Scotia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen (4-in. cookies)

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

  • Mix water and vinegar. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. 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.
  • Divide dough into six portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  • 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.
  • Using a new paintbrush, brush corn syrup onto edges of cookies; dip into coarse sugar. 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.
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.
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  • Kevin444
    Dec 2, 2018

    Very, very clever.

  • mom2lauren
    Dec 27, 2016

    This is so easy to work with. TOH changed my original recipe slightly. My family uses 5 cups of flour plus some for rolling and only 1tsp of baking soda. I don't feel the dough needs chilled. It's so easy to work with.