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Stenciled Gingerbread Hearts

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Stenciled Gingerbread Hearts
  • Prep 1 hr 40 min
  • Total 3 hr 40 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 36
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Enjoy these delicious heart shaped cookies baked with robust flavored molasses, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
Updated Jun 23, 2010

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

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    To make ornaments, punch a hole in each cookie with drinking straw while cookie is hot. For garland, make 2 holes 1-inch apart in each cookie. Stencil cookies and allow to dry. Thread ribbon through cookies.

Nutrition Information

110 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 14g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
110
Calories from Fat
50
Total Fat
6g
9%
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
105mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
14g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
6g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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