Gingerbread Family Kit

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Gingerbread Family Kit
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This kit of baked gingerbread men, decorators' frosting, and candies will give a family all the pleasures of cookie decorating with none of the mess of baking.

What you'll need

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • White decorators' frosting
  • M&M's Minis
  • Cinnamon Red Hots
  • Tissue paper
  • Plastic containers
  • Shoestring licorice

How to make it

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, and baking soda. In a separate large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time, then beat in the molasses. Slowly add the dry ingredients, beating after each addition (the dough will become quite stiff). Divide the dough in half, shape into disks, and wrap in plastic. Chill for 1 to 2 hours or until the dough is firm enough to roll.

  2. Gingerbread Family Kit Step 2

    Heat the oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one piece of dough to a 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a 5-inch gingerbread person cookie cutter to cut the dough and use a spatula to transfer the gingerbread people to an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned. Cool thoroughly. Repeat the process with the remaining dough.

  3. To assemble a kit, line a 9-inch square plastic container with tissue paper, add about 4 undecorated cookies, candies for decorating the cookies, and a tube of frosting. Design a label to affix to the lid. Makes 4 to 5 kits (18 to 20 five-inch cookies).

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