Giant Gingerbread Kids

Giant Gingerbread Kids

Giant Gingerbread Kids make a great holiday craft project for kids, and they're so tasty. Whip up these holiday cookies and let the kids have fun cutting out shapes and decorating them. These giant cookies are creative canvases!

Notes

Makes about eleven 5 inch or six 8 inch cookies. Great for holiday gift giving.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • raisins or currants for decoration

Instructions

  1. Beat sugar, shortening, molasses, and water in a large bowl on low speed until blended.
     
  2. Beat on medium speed 1 minute.
     
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients, except raisins.
     
  4. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, 1-2 hours.
     
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
     
  6. Sprinkle a cloth-covered surface lightly with flour; turn dough onto surface.
     
  7. Roll dough with a rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick.
     
  8. Cut with a 5 to 8 inch gingerbread kid cutter.
     
  9. Lift cookies carefully with a large spatula onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
     
  10. Decorate cookies with raisins.
     
  11. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes.
     
  12. Let cookies cool 3 minutes, then carefully remove from cookie sheet with a spatula.
     
  13. Cool; decorate with frosting if you like.

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