Healthier and Soft Gingerbread People
You'll need to plan just a little bit ahead to make these cookies, because the dough will need to chill for about 3 hours.
1 cup shortening (or coconut oil)
1 cup sugar (or organic evaporated cane juice sugar)
1 cup light molasses
2 Tbsp. vinegar (or raw apple cider vinegar)
4 cups flour (or organic whole wheat pastry flour)
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2-1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
Cream together the shortening (or coconut oil), sugar, and egg. Add light molasses and vinegar. Blend well.
In a separate bowl, blend flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to first bowl and combine well.
Divide the dough into two equal portions, and wrap in plastic wrap or natural waxed paper. Chill the dough for three hours.
When you are ready to roll out the dough, bring dough to nearly room temperature. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out the dough 1/8" thick on a well-floured surface.
Dip cookie cutters into flour to prevent sticking, and cut shapes. Place directly onto shiny aluminum baking sheet.
Bake for only 6-8 minutes. Place baked cookies onto a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.
Decorate your gingerbread people with homemade powdered sugar icing or purchased tube icing, currants for eyes, red candies for buttons.
Sprinkle frosted cookies with additional sugar to make them glisten. Yum!
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