But­tery Ginger­bread Dough

Canadian Living - Holiday Entertaining - - Holiday decorating -

Hands-on time: 20 min­utes

To­tal time: 2½ hours

Makes: 1 batch dough

Use this clas­sic ginger­bread dough to make our Stained Glass Ginger­bread Or­na­ments (see recipe, right).

1 cup un­salted but­ter, soft­ened

1 cup gran­u­lated sugar

2 eggs

⅔ cup fancy mo­lasses

½ cup cook­ing mo­lasses

6 cups all-pur­pose flour

2 tsp ground gin­ger

1 tsp each cin­na­mon and ground cloves 1 tsp bak­ing soda

½ tsp salt

In large bowl, beat but­ter with sugar un­til fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in fancy mo­lasses and cook­ing mo­lasses un­til com­bined. In sep­a­rate bowl, whisk to­gether flour, gin­ger, cin­na­mon, cloves, bak­ing soda and salt; stir into but­ter mix­ture in 3 ad­di­tions just un­til com­bined. If nec­es­sary, knead gen­tly to form smooth dough. Di­vide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap each in plas­tic wrap; re­frig­er­ate un­til firm, about 2 hours. Be­tween waxed pa­per or on lightly floured work sur­face, roll out dough to scant ¼-inch thick­ness. Us­ing about 3-inch fes­tive cookie cut­ters, cut out shapes, rerolling scraps as nec­es­sary. Ar­range, 1 inch apart, on parch­ment pa­per–lined rim­less bak­ing sheets. Us­ing small plain pip­ing tip, punch hole in top of each cookie.

Cut out cen­tre of each cookie, leav­ing at least ¼-inch bor­der. Spoon dif­fer­ent-colour ground candies into cen­tre of each cookie to fill cutout. Gen­tly pat down candy un­til level with cook­ies; brush off any ex­cess. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 325°F oven un­til cook­ies are firm and candies are melted (do not touch candy), about 12 min­utes. Let cool on pans for 15 min­utes; trans­fer di­rectly to racks to cool com­pletely.

In bowl, beat egg whites un­til foamy, 30 to 60 sec­onds; beat in ic­ing sugar, 1 cup at a time, un­til stiff and glossy, about 4 min­utes. Us­ing food colour­ing, tint ic­ing to de­sired shade (if us­ing). Spoon ic­ing into pip­ing bag fit­ted with small plain tip; pipe ic­ing into dec­o­ra­tive bor­der or de­sign on each or­na­ment. Let stand un­til dry, about 25 min­utes. Thread 5-inch piece of yarn, rib­bon or raf­fia through hole at top of each or­na­ment; tie ends to­gether.

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