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      RECIPE TITLE "Gingerbread Cookies With Holiday Icing" courtesy of http://www.a2zrecipes.net
    Source: AICR - the American Institute for Cancer Research. AICR is the cancer charity that fosters research on diet and cancer prevention and educates the public about the results.

    yieldsmakes 36 cookies time--difficultymoderate

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    2 tsp. ground ginger
    1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. ground allspice
    1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
    1/4 tsp. ground cloves
    1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
    1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
    1 large egg
    1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
    1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    2 1/2-4 Tbsp. 2% (reduced fat) milk
    Colored sugar, sprinkles, and/or silver dragées

    Holiday Magic Canister Set, 3 pc. Sealed
    Holiday Magic Canister Set, 3 pc. Sealed Baking supplies, cookies or snacks won't get stale in the sealed canisters. Each lid has a tight plastic seal to help keep your foods fresh. 3 piece set includes 2 1/2 qt., 2 qt. and 1 1/2 qt. canisters.

      RECIPE METHOD

    In a bowl, mix together both flours with baking soda, ginger, allspice, cardamom, cloves and pepper; set aside. In another bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in molasses, then the egg. (The mixture may look slightly curdled.) At low speed, mix in half the dry ingredients until well-blended. Mix in remaining dry ingredients until dough is thick enough to be shaped. Divide the dough into two. Place each on a sheet of wax paper. Shape each portion of dough into a 1-inch thick rectangle. Wrap and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, 2 to 24 hours.

    Arrange a rack in the upper and lower third of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease three cookie sheets or cover them with baking parchment.

    Using a lightly-floured rolling pin and a well-floured surface, roll out one rectangle of dough to 1/4-inch thickness. If dough cracks, smooth it together with your fingertips. Working quickly, cut dough into 2 1/2-inch rounds or stars. Place cut-out pieces on one of the prepared baking sheets. Repeat this process with the second rectangle of dough and baking sheet. (If desired, gather up scraps of dough and press together with hands into a rectangle. Wrap in plastic wrap, set in refrigerator to chill and roll out later to cut out and bake more cookies. There should be enough to bake one more sheet of cookies, for about 12 minutes.)

    Bake cookies 6 minutes. Reverse position of baking sheets. Bake 4-6 minutes or until cookies are barely colored at edges. Transfer cookies to wire rack and cool completely.

    Sift confectioners' sugar into a bowl. Mix in vanilla and 2 teaspoons of the milk. Add more milk gradually until icing can be spread on cookies and drizzled from a spoon. Ice cookies and decorate with colored sugar, sprinkles, and dragées.

      Nutritional Information
    Per serving: 104 calories, 3 g. total fat (2 g. saturated fat), 19 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. protein, less than 1 g. dietary fiber, 23 mg. sodium.

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