Recipe: Gingerbread Men Cookies

Recipe: Gingerbread Men Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup C&H Pure Cane Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg, separated
2 cups flour
1 +1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 +1/4 cups C&H Pure Cane Powdered Sugar
1 pinch cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raisins or nuts, for decoration

Beat shortening, sugar and molasses until creamy. Add egg yolk and mix well (set aside egg white for the frosting).

Sift together flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking powder, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Blend into creamed mixture and mix well. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

On a lightly floured board, roll out dough to ¼-inch thick. With a 5-inch cookie cutter, cut out gingerbread men. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate with raisins or nuts. Bake until edges start to crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Sift together powdered sugar and cream of tartar. Add egg white and vanilla. With mixer, beat mixture until stiff. Cover with a moistened towel until needed. Use to frost cooled cookies.

Yields: 24 cookies.

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