Sunday, December 14, 2008

Close Encounters of the Cookie Kind







Help! We’ve been invaded! A gazillion of these people seem to have emerged from my oven. They’re various sized, seem a little two dimensional and yet, they smell good. Really good. The big ones seem to be the leaders, and have some sort of weird “third eye” thing going on. They must be really smart. And very prolific breeders. I mean, really, look at all those KIDs! Good grief.

Like some sort of weird “Dora the Explorer” story, it seems as though they have to travel through the gingerbread forest, under a snowy, starry sky to get to their hide-out; an obnoxiously, colorful and sweet place. Doesn’t seem like it’s going to hold that kind of crowd – but hey, what do I know?

I guess if we really want to gain back our control, we just might have to take care of these invaders and really, I see only one way out of this mess.

*Crunch* *Munch* *Snarf*

WHAT?!!

Gingerbread Men Recipe (based on Joy of Cooking – this is my version with extra spice. Makes nice spicy not too sweet gingerbread invaders – uh, cookies).

Ingredients:
¼ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup molasses
3 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp salt
¼-1/2 cup water

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F
Cream butter and sugar together until creamy. Add molasses.
Sift flour, salt, spices and baking soda together.
In 3 parts, alternately add flour mixture and water. Amount of water will depend on how dry your flour is. You want the dough to be a stiff, but moldable ball.

You may have to knead the last addition by hand. The dough should be really stiff, not be sticky, but also not dry.

Form into a round patty, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.

When ready to make cookies, roll dough and cut out shapes. Bake for 8-10 minutes (depending on thickness). You know they are done when you press the cookie and it springs back.

If you want to make hanging ornaments, before baking, use a straw to make a hole in the cookie.

Cool on a rack and decorate with copious amounts of icing!

2 comments:

becprints said...

Oooh, thanks for the recipe. (And the antidote!)I've been looking for a better gingerbread recipe.
Keep up the good work, don't let them out number you.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the recipe - I keep looking then forget all about them. will try to bake them this year - since the relatives wants lots of cookies this year. HA! TEE