Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ginger "dead" men

Okay, I know I've been gone like...forever...at this point.  The truth of the matter is that I'm now on a PTA board, my kids are in multiple sports, and life has gotten a bit crazy.  So...I've been slacking a bit on the blog.  But...I did make these tonight and they were so good and so much fun!!!  I saw the idea on pinterest...they are ginger "dead" men.  My kids loved making them and I actually got to experiment with a new whole wheat recipe.  It worked out so well!  Whole wheat is really easy to substitute in gingerbread recipes because the goal of the cookie is to be flat...whole wheat is great for that!  It doesn't affect the flavor at all and they are MUCH healthier!  Anyway...here is the recipe!  I hope to see you again.  Scroll down a couple of posts and you'll see TONS of my Halloween posts from last year!!!

Ginger “dead”  Men

2 1/2 C + 2 T whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp salt
1 stick salted butter, softened
1/4 C butter-flavored Crisco
1/2 C packed brown sugar
2/3 C molasses
1 egg

Mix together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and spices and salt).  In another bowl, mix butter, crisco together.  Blend in sugar and molasses and egg and beat for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.  Divide into two segments and wrap each segment in saran wrap.  Chill for at least 3 hours. 

Remove from fridge and sprinkle flour on a piece of parchment paper.  Put flour on a rolling pin and roll out to 1/8 in. thick.  Cut into gingerbread men.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 9-11 minutes. 

Let cookies cool.  Use white frosting and pipe on a skeleton.  Serve as “gingerdead” men.