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Gingerbread People

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(NC) - These festive shapes, compliments of, are the perfect change of pace from traditional fruit cakes. Experiment with the cookie decorations; use ribbons for bow ties, and raisins, cinnamon hearts or silver nonpareils to make eyes, nose, mouth and buttons!


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  • 2 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg(s), beaten
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, fimly packed
  • 3/4 cup molasses, dark
  • 1/2 cup reduced-calorie margarine, 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 margarine. 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 375F. Lightly grease baking sheet(s) 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.

Serving Size: Makes 60 Cookies

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