Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gingerbread Children

This is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE cookie recipe to make with my buddies.  It is so forgiving!  It comes from the book "Art and Creative Development for Young Children"  (It was a textbook that was part of my Early Childhood Education classes.) 

Gingerbread Children

1 box butterscotch pudding mix
1/2 cup shortening (or margarine)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream shortening and sugar. (I use margarine.)   Ad egg and let your buddies take turns mixing the dough.  Add the dry pudding mix, flour and spices and mix well.  Divide into approximately 6 balls of dough and distribute to the children.  They can roll the dough and cut it with cutters, or they can shape and mold them like playdough.  Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees F.  (Watch carefully if some of the cookies are thin as they will finish cooking before thicker cookies.)

I have used this dough to make large batches of cookies for school classmates.  A pre-made cookie with a small packet of icing and some little candies makes a great gingerbread man kit!  The scraps can be re-rolled without making the cookies tough.  Children who don't like traditional gingerbread cookies are likely to enjoy these, too!


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