Monday, November 5, 2007

Gingerbread Men (or leaves)

Yes. Leaves. It's too early for gingerbread men at my house, so we made leaves today to celebrate the blustery weather.

1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbls. shortening or butter
1 Tbls. milk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Preheat the oven to 350 F and butter some cookie sheets.
Heat the molasses to boiling, then add the sugar, butter or shortening, and milk. Remove from heat. Mix the flour with the baking soda, salt, and spices. Add to the first mixture and blend well. Add a few tablespoons of water if necessary, so that the dough holds together and handles easily. Roll or pat out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Bake for 5-7 minutes. When cool, frost with confectioner's frosting and decorate with candies, or raisins, if desired.


Beck said...

Gingerbread men are actually completely seasonal this time of year! They were a traditional snack at Guy Fawkes bonfires - November 5.

Tracy said...

Thanks, Beck. Do you ever listen to Paul Harvey on the radio? He tells some information about someone /something that you know, but gives you facts that you didn't know, and he always ends by saying..."And now you know the rest of the story."

USAincognito said...

Thanks for the recipe!! Always wondered how to make these!!