Gingerbread dipped with chocolate and sugar - Everything Anna

Gingerbread dipped with chocolate and sugar

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.