Monday, September 6, 2010
Cookie Recipe #247 - Puddin' Head Gingerbread Men
Christmas is still 3 1/2 months away but these gingerbread men (and women) made an appearance in September to give us a taste of what is to come. They are made with a pudding mix (thus the name puddin' head)plus lots of spices and topped with a tart lemon frosting. You could make a simple powdered sugar and milk glaze if you don't care for lemon.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1 3 3/4 or 4 ounce package instant butterscotch pudding mix, 1 egg, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, juice of 1 or 2 lemons, decorative candies (if desired).
Instructions: Cream butter, brown sugar, and pudding mix in large mixing bowl; add egg and beat well. Stir together flour, soda, and spices. Stir into creamed mixture; chill for about an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness and cut with a 4-inch gingerbread man cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes until set.
Allow to cool on baking sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice in small bowl until of spreading consistency; add a little water or milk, if needed. Pipe icing on cookies in desired design or just spread with a spatula. Add non-parils or mini chocolate chips for facial features and buttons, if desired.
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
"Better Homes and Gardens Gifts from your Kitchen", Meredith Corporation, USA, 1976.