Gingerbread People Cookies

Gingerbread People Cookies Recipe
BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER
These classic cookies make great holiday ornaments: Prior to baking, make a hole in the top of each using a wooden pick; string baked, cooled cookies with yarn, and hang them on the tree or mantel.

Yield:

4 dozen (serving size: 1 cookie)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 59
Caloriesfromfat 15 %
Fat 1 g
Satfat 0.2 g
Monofat 0.4 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 0.7 g
Carbohydrate 11.9 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Sodium 38 mg
Calcium 13 mg

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg white
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons dried currants
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour and next 7 ingredients (flour through cloves) in a bowl, and set aside. Combine granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer 5 minutes. Add molasses and egg white; beat well. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat at low speed until well-blended. Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a ball, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Working with 1 half of dough at a time (keep remaining half chilled until ready to use), roll the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a heavily floured surface; cut with a 2 1/2-inch boy or girl cookie cutter. Place gingerbread cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Arrange currants on cookies as buttons. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.

Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla in a small bowl. Spoon into a decorating bag or a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag with a tiny hole snipped in 1 corner of bag, and decorate as desired.

November 1998
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