Santa is coming to town this week and we need cookies to leave out for him don't we?
Gingerbread People Cutouts~
- cup packed brown sugar
- cup shortening
- 1 1/2
- cups dark molasses
- cup cold water
- cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
- teaspoons baking soda
- teaspoons ground ginger
- teaspoon ground allspice
- teaspoon ground cinnamon
- teaspoon ground cloves
- teaspoon salt
Easy Creamy Frosting
- cups powdered sugar
- teaspoon vanilla
- About 5 tablespoons half-and-half
In large bowl, stir together brown sugar, shortening, molasses and water. Stir in remaining cookie ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. On floured surface, roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut with floured gingerbread cutter or other favorite shaped cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched (for a softer, chewier cookie, bake 8 to 10 minutes). Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
In large bowl, stir together all frosting ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Decorate cookies with frosting.
Easy shortcut is to use the premade a frosting, let kids help decorate so they add their own artistic flair.