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Prep Time: 25 minutes (chill time extra)
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Food coloring and colored sprinkles, optional
1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Combine flour, baking powder, ginger, salt and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
2. Divide dough in half.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion to 1/8-inch thickness.  Cut with floured 2-1/2 inch cookie cutters.  Using a floured spatula, place cookies 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
3. With a straw, make a hole about 1/2 inch from the top of each cookie.  Bake at 375°F for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Remove to wire racks to cool.
4. In a small mixing bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to achieve frosting consistency.  Frost cookies.  Decorate with tinted frosting and colored sprinkles, if desired.  Let dry completely.  Thread ribbon or string through holes.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Dish   CookieCooking Method   Baked
Style   Kid PleasersPrep Time   15 to 30 minutes
Cooking Time   less than 15 minutes

Eileen Stalec

Member since Dec 2008

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