Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
It is doubtful anyone would notice these Gingerbread People cookies are reduced in fat. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, molasses and allspice give them an authentic gingerbread taste.
2-3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup dark brown sugar, fimly packed
3/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
In a large bowl, sift together first seven ingredients; set aside. In mixer on medium, beat egg, allspice, brown sugar, molasses and butter. Add dry ingredients to liquid ingredients, a little at a time, mixing after each addition to form a stiff dough.
Gather dough into 2 equal balls, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Remove 1 ball of dough from refrigerator and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a 1/3-inch thickness. Cut gingerbread shapes from dough with floured cutters (about 3 inches tall). Decorate as desired with oven-safe decorations.
Transfer cookies to baking sheet(s). Bake until slightly firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.
Yields 60 Gingerbread People
Did you know?
On June 5th of each year, gingerbread lovers celebrate National Gingerbread Day. The term 'gingerbread' originally referred to preserved ginger. Later, it would be referred to as a confection made up of honey and spices. The creator of National Gingerbread Day is unknown and this day is not known as an official national holiday.
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