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Old 10-13-2004, 09:54 AM
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Iced Gingerbread Jack- O- Lantern Cookies

Jack-O-Lantern cookie cutter (with eyes cut out)
Prepared vanilla icing
Orange food tint (such as Wilton’s)
Roll candy, crushed (such as Lifesavers)
Zip-closed bags for each color candies
Rolling pin or mallet
Parchment paper
Wax paper

Recipe for Spooky Gingerbread
1 cup Shortening, melted in a med. bowl
1 cup Packed brown sugar
1 cup Molasses
6 cups All-purpose flour
1 Tbsp Baking powder
1-1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp Ground ginger
1 Egg
1 tsp Ground cloves
1/2 cup Water
1 tsp Real vanilla extract

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients with the exception of sugar. When the shortening in the medium bowl has cooled somewhat, add the molasses, water, brown sugar, vanilla and egg. Mix until smooth.

Slowly add small amounts of the dry mixture to the shortening mixture. If the dough becomes too stiff, mix with your hands. When the consistency is smooth, divide it in half and place each piece on plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. During this time, place your roll candy in zip-closed bags, one bag for each color, and crush with a rolling pin. After the chilling time has elapsed, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Remove 1 bundle of dough from the refrigerator and roll on a lightly floured surface. You may also use wax paper if the dough sticks. Use jack-o-lantern cookie cutters. You may need to widen the jack-o-lantern eye holes or smile to allow room for candies. Generously sprinkle crushed candies in the eyes and mouth of the jack-o-lantern, removing any stray pieces that fall onto the dough.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until the dough is soft, but not browned. The candies should be melted. Cool cookies on the pan on top of wire racks for 3 to 4 minutes to allow the candy to harden. Carefully remove from baking sheet and cool completely on a wire rack. Tint frosting orange.

When cool, let the children apply their own orange frosting with Popsicle sticks or spoons. Use the edge of a paper towel to clean stray frosting from the window eyes.

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Old 11-01-2015, 05:56 PM
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Thumbs up This Recipe Has Won a Blue Ribbon

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Congrats Bar_Bar!!

Thank you Debbie for being a recipe tester.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:07 AM
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Congrats Bar-bar. Personally, I don't like gingerbread or ginger cookies, but these would be really cute & the grandkids would love to do them.
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:39 AM
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My grand daughter and I made the cookies and she was really excited with the outcome! Using the lifesavers for the eyes really made a great looking cookie! We followed the recipe as it was written and we did roll them out on the wax paper. The recipe didn't say whether to use greased or non greased cookie sheets so I assumed with the shortening used in the recipe we would go non greased and it worked fine. These turned out to be the cutest Halloween cookies I think we've ever made! Thanks for sharing it with us bar_bar!
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