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Gingerbread Men

Servings: 2-1/2 doz.

Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup powdered sugar, divided
2 tablespoon milk

Cooking Directions:

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Scrape bowl, add egg and molasses, and beat until smooth. Scrape down bowl and add reserved flour mixture. Blend on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix.

Separate dough into 3 balls and flatten into disks. Place each

disk in a re-closable plastic bag and remove excess air. Refrigerate 1-2 hours. On a floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Flour a gingerbread man cookie cutter and cut out dough with cutter. Place on a greased baking sheet about 1/2-inch apart. Gather scraps and re-roll dough until all is used. Bake 9 to 11 minutes in 350°F preheated oven. Transfer to a flat surface and cool.

In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Spoon icing into a pastry bag with a small round tip and decorate cookies as desired.

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