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3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tespoon salt
1 tesspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup molasses
Place flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda
and allspice in medium bowl. Stir to combine. Set aside
Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl
with electric mixer at medium speed about 5 minutes
until light and fluffy
Beat in molasses and eggs
until well blended
Beat in flour mixture at low speed until well blended. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Oops, forgot these pictures, and the following steps!
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease large cookie sheets; set aside. Working with one piece of dough at a time, place dough on lightly floured surface. Roll out dough with lightly floured rolling pin to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out dough with 3 inch gingerbread boy shaped cookie cutters. Here is where I improvise. Mine are no 3 inch gingerbread boy cookie cutters! Mine are man sized gingerbread man shaped cookie cutters! Place cookies 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Decorate
men boys with smarties or other candies for eyes, nose, mouth, and two buttons down the middle of the stomach. Bake 10 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are golden brown. Let stand on cookie sheet 1 minute. Remove cookies to wire rack; cool completely.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies. Mine don't make nearly that many, again, because of the size of my cookie cutters.
Now, I confess, I don't put candies on the face for the eyes, nose, and mouth. I would actually love to decorate, with frosting, those areas, as well as outline the
men boys with frosting. However, Mr. House Pretty packs these to give as gifts to several family members, and all the frosting would be a mashed up mess, by the time the people received them.
And, the end result, again, is this. I'm such a nerd. I do my best to have no two with the same "look"
And, so you can meet one in person. You know, get to know the individual and all!
Many of you may be wondering right about now, if I have a life or not, with all the baking I did. I do my best to bake everything we eat in our household. Once in a while, Mr. House Pretty will come home with something store bought, and he gets the look! I understand that most of this is not nutritious. So, I figure, that at least I can save us from some of the chemicals and other ingredients from the store bought cookies, that we can't pronounce!
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