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Cooking with Kids: Gingerbread Kids

For me, the best part of the holidays is spending more quality time with my family. In the past, that meant mostly the week of Christmas. Now that my daughter is three, I am loving all the little things that make this time of year fun – opening the Advent calendar each morning, picking out a tree, watching holiday specials together, hot cocoa with Fluff, and, most importantly, baking together.

Aside from the classic sugar cookie, Gingerbread cookies are a quintessential holiday treat. I like this recipe as a “cooking with kids” selection because it allows children to play with the dough and be as creative as their imaginations are long. I laughed when I read Green Mom’s entry about Martha Stewart.  These are definitely not your grandmother’s gingerbread cookies complete with a perfect cut-out and neat row of buttons. These are large gingerbread heads with dangling arms and legs and sometimes shoes, hands and hair too. Sometimes it’s gingerbread dogs and monsters and rocket ships. But, most of all, it’s quality time with your child, so roll up your sleeves and have fun!

Gingerbread Kids

YOU NEED
2 ½ cups flour
1 tablespoon ginger
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup margarine, softened
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1/3 – ½ cup milk
Raisins or candy decorations
Parchment paper

MAKE IT

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, measure and add the flour, ginger and cinnamon. Whisk it together. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the margarine, sugar and molasses.
  4. Alternating between each, add some of the “dry” mix and some of the milk to the creamed mixture until dough is stiff. Be sure not to add too much milk.
  5. Place some parchment paper on your work surface.
  6. Make your kids.
    • Roll a ball and press it onto the parchment paper to make a head.
    • Roll out a snake for body, arms, legs, hair or whatever you like.
    • Use raisins or candy for face, buttons, earrings, or other decorations.
  7. Transfer the parchment onto a baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes until lightly browned.
  8. Cool and enjoy!

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