Holiday Treats

Gingerbread Men

3 cups flour
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix first 6 ingredients. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar with mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Roll out dough into 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into gingerbread men with 5-inch cookie cutter. Place 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350*F for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely. Now decorate!!!

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