Gingerbread Men
 
1 cup  (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup  firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large  egg
1 cup  dark molasses
2 Tbsp  cider vinegar
5 cup  all-purpose flour
2 tsp  ground ginger
1-1/2 tsp  baking soda
1-1/4 tsp  cinnamon
1 tsp  ground cloves
1/2 tsp  salt
  sugar icing, optional, recipe follows
 
in a large bowl, with an electric mixer cream the butter, add the 
sugar, and beat the mixture until fluffy. beat in the egg, the 
molasses, and the vinegar. 
into another bowl, sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, 
cinnamon, cloves, and salt and stir the mixture into the butter 
mixture, a little at a time. the dough will be soft. divide the dough 
into fourths, dust it with flour, and wrap each piece in waxed paper. 
flatten the dough slightly and chill it for at least 3 hours or 
overnight. preheat oven to 375 degrees f. 
 
roll out the dough, 1 piece at a time, 1/4-inch thick on a floured 
surface and cut out cookies with a 4-inch gingerbread man cutter 
dipped in flour. transfer the cookies with a spatula to buttered 
baking sheets, arranging them 2-inches apart, and bake them in the 
oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until no imprint remains when they are 
touched lightly with the fingertip. transfer the cookies with the 
spatula to racks and let them cool. make cookies with the dough scraps 
in the same manner. if desired, pipe the sugar icing decoratively on 
the cookie using a pastry bag fitted with a small decorative tip. let 
the cookies stand for 20 minutes, or until the icing is set. 
 
sugar icing: 
 
2 large  egg whites*
1 pinch  cream of tartar
3 cup  confectioners' sugar, sifted
  food coloring, optional
 
in a large bowl with an electric mixer beat the egg whites with the 
cream of tartar, a pinch of salt, and 2 teaspoons water until the 
mixture is frothy, beat in the sugar, a little at a time, and beat the 
mixture until it holds stiff peaks. beat in the food coloring, if 
desired. 
 
decorate baked cookies with the icing using a spatula or a pastry bag 
fitted with s small decorative tip and let the cookies stand for 20 
minutes, or until the icing is set. 
 
yield: enough icing for about 50 (4-inch) cookies 
 
*raw egg warning the american egg board states: "there have been 
warnings against consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs on the grounds 
that the egg may be contaminated with salmonella, a bacteria 
responsible for a type of foodborne illness... healthy people need to 
remember that there is a very small risk and treat eggs and other raw 
animal foods accordingly. use only properly refrigerated, clean, 
sound-shelled, fresh, grade aa or a eggs. avoid mixing yolks and 
whites with the shell." 
 
 
yield: 50 gingerbread men 
prep time: 2 hours 30 minutes 
inactive prep time: 3 hours 20 minutes 
cook time: 16 minutes 
recipe courtesy gourmet magazine 
 
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(ID: 12674) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Wed, May 14, 2003


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