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Wake and Bake Mama: Politically Correct Gingerbread

This week Dana makes ginger-neutral cookies for the holidays.

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I didn’t want to piss off the feminists and make gingerbread men so I made a generic shape. Who am I kidding? I didn’t have a man shaped cookie cutter.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large egg

Decorating sugar or sprinkles (optional)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, and salt; set aside. With an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in molasses and egg. With mixer on low, add dry ingredients; mix just until a dough forms. Place dough on floured plastic wrap; pat into an 8-inch square. Wrap well; chill until firm, 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough in half. Working with one half at a time (rewrap and refrigerate other half), place dough on floured parchment or waxed paper; roll out 1/8 inch thick, turning, lifting, and flouring dough (and rolling pin) as needed. Freeze dough (on paper) until firm, about 20 minutes.

Loosen dough from paper. Cut out shapes, and transfer to baking sheets. Decorate with sugar or sprinkles, as desired.

Bake until firm and edges just begin to darken, 10 to 18 minutes, depending on size. Cool completely on baking sheets.

I used this recipe.

DanaDana Commandatore is a mom, advertising executive, and autism advocate.  Baking and cleaning is how she relaxes and balances her busy schedule. Since cleaning only makes her happy she likes to bake and share it with her family, neighbors, friends, and co-workers.  

Kira Allen

When Kira isn’t scaling the peaks of some of the toughest mountains in the world or exploring the Amazon rainforests she spends her time as a foster mom for her local animal shelter. Kira has volunteered for “Doctors without Borders” even though she isn’t even a doctor or a nurse. Her mantra is “More speed, more height, more life…”
Just kidding….Kira is a writer, actor and suburban housewife and mother. Her mantra is “If I can’t do it from the couch, is it really worth it?”

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