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Don't limit your baking to gingerbread people alone. Use a variety of cookie cutters to make pigs, cats, dogs, and bears. Making cut-out cookies is a great way to entertain the kids over the holidays as well as teach them a little about baking.

Recipe by Real Simple December 2007


Credit: Lucas Allen

Recipe Summary

Makes 3 dozen medium-size cookies


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oven to 350° F. Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high until smooth. Add the molasses and egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt, then add slowly to the butter mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Shape into a flat disk. Refrigerate, wrapped, for 30 minutes. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on lined baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until firm. Cool slightly on the sheets before transferring to cooling racks.


Nutrition Facts

164 calories; calories from fat 27%; fat 5g; saturated fat 3.3g; cholesterol 25mg; sodium 57mg; carbohydrates 28g; fiber 1g; sugars 12g; protein 2g.