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Gingerbread Men - TastyPlanner.com
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg, and vanilla; beat well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter. Place 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just beginning to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate.
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