1988 3rd Place Gloria Heeter's Best Gingerbread Cookies

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Title: 1988 3rd Place Gloria Heeter's Best Gingerbread Cookies
Yield: 24 Servings
Categories: Cookies, Holiday

Ingredients:

1 c Corn oil margarine
1 c Molasses
1 c Sugar
1 Egg
4 c Flour
2 ts Baking powder
1 ts Baking soda
3 ts Ground cinnamon
2 ts Ground cloves
2 ts Ground ginger
1 ts Ground nutmeg
Currants, raisins, silver
Balls and candy,
For decoration
1 Egg yolk mixed w/1 ts water
Icing for decorating


Preparation time: 25 minutes Chilling time: 8 hours or overnight Baking
time: 7 to 10 minutes

1. Beat margarine, sugar and molasses in a large mixing bowl. Add egg and
mix well.

2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves,
ginger and nutmeg. Add to butter mixture; mix well.

3. Divide dough into 4 equal portions on a large piece of plastic wrap.
Wrap and shape into a flat disk about 1 inch thick. Refrigerate until firm,
about 8 hours, or freeze for 2 hours. (Dough can be refrigerated up to 3
days.)

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Working with 1 disk of the dough at a time,
roll out on a well-floured board, dusting the rolling pin as you work.
Dough will be very soft and can be difficult to work with so work quickly
and use plenty of flour. Using cookie cutters dipped in flour, cut into
desired shapes. Put cookies 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Use
currants or candy for eyes or buttons, if desired.

5. Bake until lightly puffed, 7 to 10 minutes. First batch may be puffier
because they will have less flour rolled in them. While still warm, paint
with egg yolk wash if desired. Cool on wire racks. Cool completely, then
decorate as desired with icing.

Icing: Mix confectioners' sugar with a small amount of water until thick
and spreading consistency. Add food coloring if desired and put in a small
plastic bag. Cut a small hole in one corner and drizzle icing out onto the
cooled cookies.

Note: A 4-inch gingerbread cookie cutter was used in testing.

Oak Brook's Gloria Heeter is a newcomer to the Chicago area and brings
her favorite gingerbread cookie with her from Kansas City, Kan. "About nine
years ago, my neighbor, Diane Collins, brought them over for Halloween in
Halloween shapes," she says. "I took out some of the egg yolks and
substituted corn oil margarine rather than shortening, which sometimes can
have palm oil in it." Calling them "truly a cookie for all seasons," Heeter
once even made them for her golden retriever's first birthday party. "We
invited the neighborhood kids in for punch and cookies-cookies shaped like
dogbones." At Christmas, though, "I typically print the names of each
person on the cookies, place them in a plastic bag and decorate them with a
red and green ribbon," writes Heeter of her personalized gingerbread
people. "A handmade gift is always filled with love." from the Chicago
Tribune annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 8, 1988
Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V3 #340

From: Linda Place

Date: Thu, 12 Dec 1996 11:32:51 +0000