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Gingerbread Friends Garland

These gingerbread friends hold hands to create a delicious holiday decoration for your mantel.

What You Need:

This decoration may be irresistible.
  • Gingerbread Friends in desired quantity (see recipe on the next page)
  • 1/8-inch-wide red ribbon
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1. Make cookie dough (see recipe on next page) and shape several gingerbread friends in the size desired.

2. Before baking, use a straw to make a small hole in each hand. Bake and cool cookies as directed.

3. Decorate as desired using icing and candies.

4. Join hands. Connect the cookies together by threading thin ribbon through the holes in their hands. Knot the ribbon and trim the ends.

More Ideas:

  • For a more lasting version, use oven-bake clay to make the gingerbread men.
  • Other cookie cutter shapes make cute garlands, too -- try reindeer, snowmen, or Santa boots.
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Decorative icing in colors desired
  • Miniature candies (optional)

1. In a mixing bowl, beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat untill combined, scraping bowl. Beat in the molasses, egg, and vinegar untill combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 3 hours or until easy to handle.

2. Grease a cookie sheet; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time to 1/8-inch thick. Using a 1-1/2 inch cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes. Place one inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Add holes at hands using a straw (as directed in step 2 on the first page).

3. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool. If desired, decorate cookies with icing and candies. Makes 36 to 48 cookies.

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