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      Gingerbread People

      For a thick, chewy gingerbread cookie, follow the instructions and
      make sure not to overcook. If you like a crisper gingerbread cookie,
      roll these out a bit thinner and bake an extra minute. The crispier
      version is best for making ornaments.

      Preparation time: 10 minutes

      Cooking time: 8 minutes; 2 hours cooling time

      Yield: Forty-five 3-inch cookies

      Ingredients & Directions:

      1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature

      3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar

      1/2 cup unsulphured molasses

      1 large egg

      3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

      2 teaspoons ginger

      1 teaspoon cinnamon

      1 teaspoon baking soda

      1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

      1/4 teaspoon cloves

      1/4 teaspoon salt

      Cinnamon Red Hots candies (optional)

      Currants (optional)

      Cream the butter with a flat paddle attachment in a mixer on high
      speed until the butter is soft, about 3 minutes. Beat in the sugar
      and continue beating until the sugar is light and fluffy, about 2
      minutes. Beat in the molasses. Beat in the egg, scraping down the
      bowl once or twice.

      Sift together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg,
      cloves, and salt. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, mixing
      just until each batch is blended. Shape the dough into a large, flat
      ball by hand, kneading a few times until it’s smooth. Wrap the dough
      in plastic wrap and refrigerate it at least 2 hours or until it’s
      firm enough to roll out.

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with
      parchment paper and spray lightly with pan coating.

      Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch
      thickness. Cut the dough into shapes as desired. Transfer the cookies
      to the cookie sheets, using a spatula. Leave at least 2 inches
      between each cookie. Place similar-sized cookies on the same sheet.
      To making hanging ornaments, punch holes in the tops of the shapes
      with the blunt end of a chopstick.

      For decoration, place Red Hots or currants on the gingerbread people
      to make eyes, noses, mouth, and buttons.

      Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes, depending on their size.
      Rotate the cookie sheets once during baking. The cookies should have
      just begun to brown around the edges and feel firm to the touch when
      you remove them. Cool the pans on racks for a few minutes. Transfer
      the cookies to the racks to cool completely. Let the pans cool
      completely before proceeding with the next batch of cookies; you may
      reuse the parchment. Store the cookies in an airtight container at
      room temperature for up to two weeks or freeze for up to one month.

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