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Re: GingerBread Ornie.Recipes


Looks like someone is in the Cmas spirit already!
Kittty

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> Just thought I would share a fun thing.. 
> Just so ya know... using the glue recipes.. these guys come out lighter 
> than the baking ones :) 
> Holli 
> EASY GINGERBREAD MEN 
> (Makes 6 ornaments) 
> 1/2c Applesauce 
> 1/2c Cinnamon 
> 2T Household glue 
> Mix all ingredients together and roll on wax paper to 1/4-inch thickness. 
> Using a cookie cutter, cut out the shapes of the intended ornaments. Poke a 
> small hole in the top of the ornament using the end of a straw, knife, 
> chopstick, small dowel, pencil, or similar object. Allow ornaments to air dry 
> for 1-3 
> days. When ornaments are ready to be decorated they will be completely dry 
> and very hard. 
> SLOW BAKE GINGERBREAD ORNAMENTS 
> (Makes 15 ornaments) 
> 16oz. Applesauce 
> 1c Cinnamon 
> 2T Allspice 
> Preheat oven to 150-degrees. 
> Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Roll dough on wax paper. Cut out 
> ornaments with appropriately shaped cookie cutters. Poke a hole in the top of 
> each 
> ornament using a straw, knife, chopstick, pencil, or similar object. 
> Bake in 150-degree oven for 90 minutes. Turn ornaments over. Bake for an 
> additional 90-minutes. Allow ornaments to cool and continue drying for 1-3 
> hours 
> after baking. 
> HEAVY DUTY GINGERBREAD ORNAMENTS 
> (Makes 30 ornaments) 
> 1c Sugar 
> 6T Shortening 
> 2t Baking soda 
> 2t Cloves, ground 
> 2t Ginger 
> 2t Cinnamon 
> 7c Flour 
> 1-1/2c Water 
> Preheat oven to 325-degrees. 
> Mix shortening and 1 cup of sugar together in a large bowl. Add baking soda, 
> ginger, cloves, cinnamon, flour, and 1-1/2 cups of water. When mixed 
> completely, refrigerate for 4-6 hours. 
> Roll gingerbread out to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured surface or on 
> wax paper. Poke a hole in the top of each ornament using a straw, knife, 
> chopstick, pencil, or similar object. 
> Put cutouts on cookie sheet and bake 20-minutes in 325-degree oven. After 
> 20-minutes, turn oven off, leaving cookies inside oven to continue the drying 
> process. After 1-hour, move cookies to a rack and allow to sit untouched for 
> 1-3 days or until completely dry and hard. 
> When cookies are dry, spray with clear acrylic paint or brush with clear 
> varnish and allow cookie coating to dry completely. 
> BROWN GINGERBREAD MEN 
> (Makes 30 ornaments) 
> 1c Sugar 
> 6T Shortening 
> 2t Baking soda 
> 2t Cloves, ground 
> 2t Ginger 
> 2t Cinnamon 
> 7c Flour 
> 1c Water 
> 1/2c Molasses 
> 2T Cocoa powder 
> Preheat oven to 350-degrees. 
> Mix shortening and 1 cup of sugar together in a large bowl. Add remaining 
> ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for 4-hours. 
> Roll dough out on floured surface of wax paper to 1/4-inch thickness. Poke a 
> hole in the top of each cookie with a straw, knife, chopstick, pencil, or 
> similar object. 
> Put cutouts on cookie sheet and bake 20-minutes in 325-degree oven. After 
> 20-minutes, turn oven off, leaving cookies inside oven to continue the drying 
> process. After 1-hour, move cookies to a rack and allow to sit untouched for 
> 1-3 days or until completely dry and hard. 
> When cookies are dry, spray with clear acrylic paint or brush with clear 
> varnish and allow cookie coating to dry completely. 
> DECORATING IDEAS 
> Gingerbread cookies can be decorated by children of all ages. You can change 
> the body color of the gingerbread men/women by applying colored frosting, 
> colored glues, and more. Here are some simple ideas to get you started: 
> GLUE 
> Gingerbread cookies can be decorated or colored by using household glue. 
> Since no one will be eating the cookies, glue is a cost-effective alternative 
> to 
> using frosting, which often cakes off and doesn't preserve well. Use glue to 
> attach eyes, ears, clothing, and other objects to gingerbread men and women. 
> Glue can also be colored by adding dyes or paints to the glue and mixing 
> well. 
> PAINTS 
> Acrylic paints can be used in place of frosting or glue to decorate 
> ornaments. Children and adults can use paints to add clothing, features, or 
> body 
> parts (such as fingers, toes, eyes, mouths) to ornaments. Paint on with a paint 
> brush or purchase small spray cans of acrylic paints to color coordinate each 
> ornament before adding features. 
> CANDY 
> RED HOTS can be glued to ornaments and used as eyes, buttons on clothing, 
> noses and more. 
> LEMON DROPS make great eyes and buttons, too. 
> LICORICE strips torn into thin bands can be glued to the face of the 
> ornament to make a smile or frown or other facial expression. 
> CHOCOLATE CHIPS can also be used as an easy decoration for gingerbread men. 
> SUGAR SPRINKLES that are colored can be sprinkled over large areas to color 
> in clothing or hair. 
> LIFESAVERS add color to wreath shaped cookies. 
> HOUSEHOLD OBJECTS 
> SMALL BUTTONS make great realistic decorations. Use them to make eyes, 
> buttons, or noses. 
> RUBBER BANDS (cut in quarters) can be used to make a smile or hair. 
> YARN can be added to ornaments to make hair or outline an outfit. 
> TIPS AND TRICKS 
> Don't limit yourself to making gingerbread men. Use any cookie cutter shape! 
> Stars, houses, animals, even circles and squares make great ornaments! 
> Use the top of a glass to make perfect circle ornaments. 
> Gingerbread ornaments can be strung together with garland, string, or tinsel 
> rope. 
> Gingerbread men and women can be hung from a window, in hallways, used as 
> wall decorations, on wreaths, on the tree, or anywhere else you want to add a 
> festive feel. 
> You can coat cookies with two or more layers of clear acrylic or varnish to 
> help preserve cookies before and after decorating. 
> Store cookies in a hard box year round. Wrapping them in paper towels or 
> newspaper and storing in a dry area will help to prevent breakage and preserve 
> quality. 
> 
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