Stenciled Gingerbread Hearts

Enjoy these delicious heart shaped cookies baked with robust flavored molasses, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

  • prep time 1 hr 40 min
  • total time 3 hr 40 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 36

Ingredients

1
cup shortening
1
cup molasses
3
cups all purpose or unbleached flour
2
teaspoons baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ginger
1/4
teaspoon nutmeg
1/4
teaspoon cloves
Milk
Powdered sugar
Lacy paper doily or stencil design
Decorative ribbon, if desired
  • 1 In large bowl, combine shortening and molasses; blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg and cloves; mix well. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 hours for easier handling.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. On well-floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2 1/2 to 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. (To make ornaments or garlands, see tip below.) Remove from cookie sheets. Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 4 Brush cooled cookies lightly with milk. Place lacy paper doily over 1 cookie; press down. With small strainer, sprinkle powdered sugar evenly over doily. Carefully remove doily. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let stand until dry.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cookie
    Calories
    110
    (
    Calories from Fat
    50),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    6g
    6%
    (Saturated Fat
    1g,
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    0mg
    0%;
    Sodium
    105mg
    105%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    14g
    14%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    6g
    6%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    0%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    2%;
    Iron
    6%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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