Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Gingerbread People

These gingerbread people were quick, easy to make, and delicious. I added 2 T. ground flaxseed and a couple of tablespoons of water to Susan's original recipe on Fatfree Vegan. My idea was that they would hold together better and be less crumbly. They turned out fine--but they probably would have been fine even without the addition. Still, flaxseed is a good nutritional boost.
Everyone in the family enjoyed these, although, predictably, my daughter did mention that she would have preferred chocolate chip buttons to raisin ones. Sometimes I think my kids have promising careers ahead of them--as food critics!
Gingerbread People
1/8 cup applesauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cold water
3 cups white whole wheat flour
1 t allspice
1 t ginger
1 t cloves
1 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
2 T ground flaxseed
1/2 T cold water
1/4 cup raisins

Mix the applesauce, brown sugar and molasses together thoroughly. Stir in 1/2 cup cold water and vanilla.
Mix together dry ingredients. Add to the dough. Add 1/2 T cold water. Mix well.
Cover bowl and chill dough for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350. Roll out dough thick (1/4-1/2 inch). Dust with flour if it sticks to the rolling pin. Cut with cookie cutters. Add raisin eyes and buttons. Place on lightly oiled (sprayed)cookie sheet.
Bake about 7 minutes.

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