Gingerbread Bears

If you liked our Italian Easter Bread, then you will love this gingerbread recipe.

Gingerbread Bears

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Butter, or margarine — softened
  • 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar, light — packed
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses, light
  • 1 Egg, large
  • 3 1/2 Cups Flour, All-Purpose
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

Spices

Use 1 teaspoon of each spice:

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, at low speed, beat butter, brown sugar and molasses until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg and remaining ingredients. Beat at low speed until well mixed, constantly scraping the bowl with rubber spatula.
  3. Shape dough into a ball, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill 3-4 hours.
  4. Lightly grease 2 large cookie sheets, turn oven to 350.
  5. On lightly floured surface using a floured rolling pin, roll 1/2 of dough 1/4-inch thick.
  6. Keep another half refrigerated. With a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut as many cookies as you can reserve trimmings.
  7. With pancake turner, carefully place cookies on cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until edges is light brown.
  8. Remove to wire racks to cool. Repeat with another half of dough and trimmings.

Prepare FROSTING:

  1. In a large bowl using a mixer at low speed beat 5 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 4 egg whites just until mixed. Turn speed to high and beat until stiff.
  2. Divide dough into small bowls and tint each with food coloring of your choice.
  3. If necessary, add a little water for spreading ease.
  4. Keep all bowls covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.
  5. Decorate cookies: Place cookies on waxed paper lined cookie sheets.
  6. With small and medium artist’s brushes, paint the cookies.
  7. Allow cookies to dry completely, about 2 hours. Store in tightly covered containers.

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