Cookies & Dessert Bars

Gingerbread Cookies

4 cups (1 L) all-purpose flour
1 tbsp (15 mL) ground ginger
2 tsp (10 mL) cinnamon
¼ tsp (1 mL) cloves
¼ tsp (1 mL) nutmeg
1 ½ tsp (7 mL) baking powder
½ cup (125 mL) shortening
½ cup (125 mL) butter
1 ¾ (425 mL) cup brown sugar
⅓ cup (75 mL) molasses
2 eggs

In a medium sized bowl, place flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and baking powder and combine with a fork. In a large bowl, place the shortening, butter and brown sugar and cream together with an electric mixer; add molasses and beat until blended. Break the eggs into the sugar mixture and beat until eggs are completely blended in. Add half the flour mixture with the butter mixture and stir to combine. Add remainder of the flour mixture and continue blending. Mixture will be thick.

Lightly flour a clean kitchen surface and roll out the dough to ¼-inch (.6 cm) thickness. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using cookie cutter, cut out gingerbread men and gingerbread ladies, and place on parchment paper. Bake at 350◦F (180◦C) for 12 – 13 minutes. Decorate with your choice of icing and candies.

Makes approximately 2 ½ dozen cookies, depending on the size of the cookie cutter.

Butter Icing
1 ½ cups (375 mL) icing sugar
3 tbsp (45 mL) butter, softened
1 tbsp (15 mL) vanilla extract
1 tbsp (15 mL)  milk
3 drops food colouring (optional)

Combine icing sugar, butter, vanilla and milk, beating until creamy. Thin with a few more drops of milk (if necessary) to reach desired spreading consistency. Stir in optional food colouring or leave icing white. Spread frosting over cooled cookies and decorate with chocolate or butterscotch chips for eyes, nose and buttons.

Nutrients per serving:
Calories 227.3
Carbohydrate 34.3 g
Protein 2.6 g
Fat 9.0 g
Sodium 57.8 mg
Fibre 0.6 g