We love these beautiful gingerbread men. Dipped in chocolate and sanding sugar makes them almost to pretty to eat. But, they are delicious too!
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Recipe & food styling Marisa Curatolo. Prop Styling Mari Loewen. Photography Cory Aronec.

Recipe & food styling Marisa Curatolo. Prop Styling Mari Loewen. Photography Cory Aronec.

Recipe & food styling Marisa Curatolo. Prop Styling Mari Loewen. Photography Cory Aronec.

Recipe & food styling Marisa Curatolo. Prop Styling Mari Loewen. Photography Cory Aronec.

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  • Makes 24Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped candied ginger
  • 1/2 cup sanding sugar (coarse-grained,sparkling sugar)
  • 2 cups good quality semisweet chocolate

Preparation

In bowl of electric mixer, beat sugar with shortening until fluffy; then beat in egg, molasses, water and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and pepper. Stir into sugar mixture; add candied ginger and mix well. Divide dough in half. Form into at round disks. Wrap and chill 1 hour.

Roll dough rounds to 1/4-inch thickness. using a 3-inch wide gingerbread cookie cutter, cut into shapes. Sprinkle top half of gingerbread with sanding sugar. Place on parchment lined baking sheet; chill 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes; cool on rack. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in small bowl over pot of barely simmering water. Dip non-sugared part of cookie into chocolate or brush on melted chocolate. Return to baking sheet to harden.               

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