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lilac Dec 12, 2000 03:25 AM

Dying for a traditional gingerbread cookie, crisp icing on the outside, crunchy/soft texture on the inside. Not a gingersnap and not one of those bakery cookies that looks like a gingerbread man but is just a decorated sugar cookie. Any tips?

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    Dylan Yolles RE: lilac Dec 18, 2000 09:13 PM

    well, i happened to see this recipe on the tvfn the other day. it didn't look that tough to prepare and i thought that the spice combination sounded intriguing.

    GINGER MUNCHKINS
    Recipe courtesy Linda Bailey
    31/2 cups flour
    11/2 teaspoons baking soda
    11/2 teaspoons ground ginger
    11/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon cardamom
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon allspice
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup molasses
    1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1 cup sugar
    2 tablespoons hot water
    1 large egg, at room temperature
    Mix together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, allspice and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the molasses until it begins to boil. Remove from heat and gradually add the butter. Next add the sugar and then add the water. Stir in egg, blending completely. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the molasses mixture. Blend completely. Turn mixture of dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, do not over knead. Wrap and refrigerate overnight. Before rolling out cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil cookie sheet or use parchment paper. Lightly flour surface; roll out half of the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out cookies and place them 1/2-inch apart. Bake cookies until they rise, about 10 minutes, cool on rack and then decorate.
    ROYAL ICING:
    2 3/4 cups sifted confectionersÂ’ sugar
    2 large egg whites at room temperature
    1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
    2 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
    Food coloring, your choices on tan, flesh, red, blue, green, yellow, purple, pink, orange, red, etc.

    In large bowl, combine all ingredients except food coloring. Mix at high speed until thick and shiny. Divide into small bowls for different consistencies and colors. This can be painted or piped.

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