Gingerbread Boys And Girls Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- ⅓ cup shortening
<br>- 1 cup packed brown sugar
<br>- 1 ½ cups dark molasses
<br>- ⅔ cup cold water
<br>- 7 cups all-purpose flour
<br>- 2 teaspoons baking soda
<br>- 1 teaspoon salt
<br>- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
<br>- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
<br>- 1 teaspoon crushed cloves (optional)
<br>- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
<br>- 2  egg yolks
<br>- 10 drops food coloring
<br>- ½ teaspoon water
<br>- ¾ cup raisins
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Mix shortening, brown sugar, and molasses thoroughly.  Stir in 2/3 cup water.  Blend  flour, soda, salt, and spices; stir into molasses mixture.  Chill for about 1 hour.
<br>step 2: Roll the dough about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut with boy and girl cookie cutters.
<br>step 3: Make egg yolk paint by blending egg yolks and 1/2 teaspoon water.  Divide the yolk among a few small bowls, and add food coloring to each cup for desired color.  Paint the clothes and decorations on the cookies as desired.  Carefully transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet.   Using a toothpick, make a hole in the top of each cookie.  Press raisins into dough for eyes, nose, mouth.  Use bits of candied cherries for coat buttons, and strips of citron for ties.
<br>step 4: Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes.  Cool slightly, then carefully remove from baking sheet.
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Ingredients
- ⅓ cup shortening
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups dark molasses
- ⅔ cup cold water
- 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon crushed cloves (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 egg yolks
- 10 drops food coloring
- ½ teaspoon water
- ¾ cup raisins

Directions
step 1: Mix shortening, brown sugar, and molasses thoroughly. Stir in 2/3 cup water. Blend flour, soda, salt, and spices; stir into molasses mixture. Chill for about 1 hour.
step 2: Roll the dough about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with boy and girl cookie cutters.
step 3: Make egg yolk paint by blending egg yolks and 1/2 teaspoon water. Divide the yolk among a few small bowls, and add food coloring to each cup for desired color. Paint the clothes and decorations on the cookies as desired. Carefully transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet. Using a toothpick, make a hole in the top of each cookie. Press raisins into dough for eyes, nose, mouth. Use bits of candied cherries for coat buttons, and strips of citron for ties.
step 4: Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly, then carefully remove from baking sheet.

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