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Dessert: Gingerbread Men II -

Gingerbread Men II

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2cupunsalted butter
1/3cupsoft brown sugar
1/4cupgolden syrup
1egg, lightly beaten
2cupplain flour
1Tbspground ginger
1tspbaking soda
1egg white
1/2tsplemon juice
1 1/4cupconfectioners sugar
assorted food coloring

Recipe Instructions:

1.   Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line 2 or 3 cookie sheets with baking paper. Using electric beaters, beat butter, sugar, and syrup in a small mixing bowl until light and creamy.
2.   Add egg gradually, beating thoroughly after each addition. Transfer mixture into large bowl, sift dry ingredients onto well floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
3.   Line a large chopping board with baking paper, roll out dough on board to 5mm thickness (flour rolling pin if necessary to prevent sticking). Refrigerate on board for 15 minutes so dough is firm to cut.
4.   Cut dough into shapes with a 13cm gingerbread man cutter. Press remaining dough together and re-roll. Cut out shapes. Place cookies on prepared sheets. Place currants as eyes and nose on men. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool cookies on sheets.
5.   Icing: Place egg whites in small dry mixing bowl. Using electric beaters, beat egg whites until foamy. Add lemon juice and confectioners sugar gradually. Beat until thick and creamy. Divide icing into several bowls. Tint mixtures with desired food colors. Spoon mixture into small paper icing bags. Seal open ends. Snip tips off piping bags. Pipe faces and clothing onto gingerbread men. When icing is completely dry, store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 days.
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