Crafty Cookies

Gingerbread Fashion Plates

"Impress your friends!"

Pull together:
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ginger
pinch nutmeg
pinch cloves
1/3 cup butter or shortening
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2/3 cup light or dark molasses
1 egg

Cream shortening with sugar, beat in the molasses and egg. Sift flour with soda, baking powder, salt, and ginger. Add to molasses mix and combine well. Chill slightly if the dough seems too soft.

Roll out on a lightly floured board and cut into shapes with floured (important!) cutters, or a sharp knife. The thickness of the dough depends upon the depth of the cutters. If using a large cutter, you'll need about a half inch thickness. Lift all XL gingerbread shapes from the board with a wide spatula - to avoid loss of limbs or accessories.

Bake cookies on greased baking sheets or pans. They grow when they bake - so allow elbow room on cookie sheets. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven, 8 to 15 minutes, depending upon the thickness. Remove from the pan while still warm and cool on a rack. Yield depends on sizes. Roughly 2-3 dozen.

In keeping with our multi-era-millennium fashion theme. These cute cookies are good for all year round.

Frosting tips: (cookies, not hair) came from our decorating maven Miss Shannon of Brooklyn, New York's Heavenly Crumbs (718-623-6271). First timers should use polyurethene pastry bags - as they are easier on the hands. Frosting mix is available in most cooking supply shops, and you mix up your own stylin' custom colors. Spend some time planning your color schemes in advance, beacause you can change tips midway, but not bags. We used up four bags, with four mix and match tips. Put those art school classes to use and save a buck by blending your own primary colors (Red Yellow Blue - and just how did green get in our bag?) to get the exact shades that you want. Just like tie-dye, intense, darker colors (black, red...) require more pigment.
Meet our fashion plates...

İFashion Icon
"Holiday 2000"