Thursday, December 24

Making Gingerbread Men

The girls were so excited when we started making cookies.
Last year we made two different Gingerbread cookies and one recipe was much easier (not sticky) to make cookies from. The recipe calls for a small package of butterscotch pudding. I only had vanilla and in the large box. I modified the recipe so I could use the large pudding box:

Gingerbread Men Recipe (modified from original)

1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1.In a medium bowl, cream together the dry pudding mix, butter, and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the eggs. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into the pudding mixture. Cover, and chill dough until firm, about 1 hour.
2.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease baking sheets (I used a splat mat). On a wax paper roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness, and cut into shapes using a cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
3.Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks.

The girls wanted to decorate them before they were baked. Princess A found M&Ms (minis, regular and peanut), cinnamon hearts and later sprinkles.

The girls picked some Christmasy cookie cutters but they also always pick the unicorn, Scottie dog and hearts. We also used the ABC (already been chewed) gingerbread cookie cutters I won last year. The girls thought it was so funny that they looked like someone had bitten them.
Just as we placed the last batch in the oven the neighbor girls (that is what my girls call them) brought over a plate of Christmas cookies. The girls wanted to take them some cookies too.

I had to convince them to wait until the cookies came out of the oven before we took them over. They were so proud to share the cookies they made and decorated.

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