I like to play this gingerbread song/story, because it leaves something to the imagination and not nightmares for the babies. If you think your kids will be fine with the real story try this one gingerbread man. After we make & decorate the gingerbread men. Then we reenact the story. We even use our " Fisher Price little people" and toy cow, horse & fox. Sometimes we add a giraffe, zebra, pig and whatever other little people animals we have. It is a lot of fun and on top of that taste wonderful.
(makes 2 dozen)
*1/2 cup butter, softened
*1/2 cup granulated sugar
*1/2 cup molasses
*2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon baking soda
*1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1 teaspoon ground ginger
*1 teaspoon ground cloves
*dash of cayenne pepper
~In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter & sugar until smooth.
~Stir in molasses & egg.
~In a large bowl, sift flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves & cayenne pepper.
~Mix the flour mixture into the molasses mixture until well mixed & smooth.
~Cover or put in a ziploc bag and chill for at least 90 minutes.
~Preheat ove 350 degrees.
~Cut dough into several sections.
~Keep one section out and return the rest into the refrigerator.
~Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
~Cut out with gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter (or any other shape you prefer). I like to place my dough between two sheets of lightly floured parchment paper because then I don't have to use as much flour. This makes for a softer cookie.)
~Place cookies 2-inches apart on a ungreased cookie sheet.
~Take a pastry brush and brush off any flour (optional).
~Bake for 8-10 minutes.
~Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a wire rack.
~Let cookie sheet cool down before adding next batch or use a different cookie sheet (I think they come out better when put on a cool cookie sheet).
~Once cookie is cooled, decorate and enjoy.
Helpful Hint: If you like this idea but don't think your children will eat gingerbread cookies, make them with a sugar cookie recipe.