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Gingerbread Men

Yield about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Currants
  • Red cinnamon candies, cut in half
  • Candy-coated chewy fruit-flavored pieces

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until blended. Add egg, beating until blended. Add molasses, beating well. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients; gradually add to molasses mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill dough 2 hours.

  2. Roll half of dough to 1/4" thickness on a floured surface. Cut Gingerbread Men with a 3" cookie cutter. Place on greased cookie sheets. Add excess dough to remaining half of dough; wrap in wax paper, and chill. Press currants, cinnamon candy halves, and fruit-flavored candy pieces into cookies for eyes, mouth, and buttons. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove cookies to wire racks; let cool completely. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

  3. Note: For chewy fruit-flavored pieces, we used Skittles.

Christmas with Southern Living 1997