Monday, December 13, 2010

Gingerbread Week: Part 2

Last week, we were just swimming in gingerbread. . . it was awesome! So, my pictures are way out of order, so bear with me. . .

Ethan had so much fun helping decorate the cookies with homemade Royal Icing.
He even got to put sanding sugar on some of them. . . he loved that, too!

Royal Icing Recipe:
1 egg white
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 3/4 c. confectioners sugar

Beat egg whites and lemon juice until foamy and then add sugar slowly. Beat until stiff peaks form. While using, keep covered with a damp paper towel. Use a baggie, cutting a small hole in corner of bag to decorate.

Rolling out the dough. . .

Molasses. . . an important ingredient (we went through almost 2 bottles last week!).
Our cookie recipe came from this month's Food Network Magazine. . . they turned out delicious!

Here's the recipe:

3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tbs ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
6 tbs melted butter
1 tbs melted shortening
2/3 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
1 egg

Sift together dry ingredients. Combine melted butter, sugar, molasses, and egg. Beat with electric mixer. Beat in flour mixture in 2 additions. Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours.

The finished product! It was a family affair and we had a blast!

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