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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
chill:
2 hrs
bake:
13 mins
total:
2 hrs 33 mins
Yield:
2 1/2 dozen
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Ingredients

Cookies
Royal Icing

Directions

Cookies
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking
    soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.

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  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar
    until smooth. Beat in egg, then molasses.
    Stir flour mixture into butter mixture. Divide
    dough in half, wrap and chill for 2 hours.

  • Heat oven to 350°. On a well-floured
    surface, roll half of dough to 1/8-inch
    thickness. Cut into shapes with assortedsize
    gingerbread cookie cutters; transfer to
    ungreased baking sheets. Re-roll scraps
    and cut. Repeat with rest of dough.

  • Bake at 350° for 13 minutes. Transfer
    cookies to racks to cool. Decorate with
    Royal Icing, if using.

Royal Icing
  • In a bowl, beat
    confectioners’ sugar, powdered egg whites
    and 3 tbsp water until thick and shiny,
    about 5 minutes. Transfer to a pastry bag
    with a writing tip. Outline cookies and pipe
    on dots of frosting; add M&M’s minis as
    buttons. Let dry.

Nutrition Facts

134 calories; fat 3g; cholesterol 15mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 25g; protein 2g; sodium 62mg.
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