Saturday, November 26, 2011

Gingerbread Oranments

Does it seem too early to talk about decorating your tree?  Or are you like me and it's fully decorated already?  We usually light our tree the day after Thanksgiving, but this year we were anxious to see how it would look in the new house and turned on its full glory on Thanksgiving night.
As with all things Christmas, you need to plan in advance.  Most crafts take a while to complete.  These festive ornaments are made with gingerbread and are a delight to most children and adults alike. Make sure the icing has plenty of time to firm up before attempting to place on the tree.

1/2 c. butter
6 T sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. molasses
1 egg
2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
1 1/2t. ginger
1 4-inch Christmas cookie cutters

With an electric mixer, cream the butter with both sugars, molasses, and egg yolk.
Mix the remaining ingredients, except the egg white, together.  Stir into the butter mixture to form a stiff dough.
Chill the dough 1 hour, then roll it out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into traditional Christmas shapes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. and butter cookie sheets. Lift cookies onto the sheets and brush lightly with egg white.
Bake 8 minutes until crisp.  Make a hole 1 inch from the top of each cookie, then cool.  Pipe edges with icing of your choice.  Thread holes with gold cord.

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