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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
chill:
at least 3 hours
bake:
at 375° for 10 minutes per batch
Yield:
4 1/2 dozen
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Ingredients

Cookies
Royal Icing

Directions

Cookies
  • In a large bowl, beat shortening, sugar and maple syrup on medium-high until well combined. On low, beat in egg and vinegar until blended.

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  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Add flour mixture to shortening mixture, 1 cup at a time, stirring until incorporated. Stir in maple flavoring. If mixture is very soft, mix in a few extra tablespoons flour. Transfer to a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten. Wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

  • Heat oven to 375°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Remove 1/4 of the dough from refrigerator; rewrap the rest. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough (it will be soft) to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out gingerbread men shapes and transfer to prepared baking sheets with a metal spatula, re-rolling scraps. Continue with remaining dough, lining each baking sheet with new parchment. Bake cookies at 375° for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on sheet pans for 3 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

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

75 calories; total fat 2g; saturated fat 0g; cholesterol 4mg; sodium 43mg; carbohydrates 13g; fiber 0g; protein 1g.
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