Ginger Cutouts

Not feeling lucky at love? Make some of these German spice cookies; they're said to bring good fortune to those who eat them.

Spice up your love life!
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • Powdered Sugar Icing (recipe follows)
  • Candied fruit
  • Whole or sliced blanced almonds

1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or until softened. Add about half of the flour to the shortening. Then add the sugar, molasses, egg, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat until thoroughly combined. Then beat or stir in the remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover dough and chill about 3 hours or until easy to handle.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of the dough to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Using 2- to 2-1/2-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart onto greased cookie sheets.

3. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on the cookie sheets for 1 minute. Remove cookies and cool on wire racks. Decorate as desired with Powdered Sugar Icing (see recipe), candied fruit, and almonds. Makes about 36.

Nutrition facts per cookie: 103 cal., 4 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 6 mg chol., 26 mg sodium,1 g pro.

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • Milk

Stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of the milk in a small mixing bowl. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing is smooth and of piping consistency.

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