PC Gingerbread People
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PC?
Just what does that PC stand for? Surely it's not Personal Computer! No, these are "polically correct" gingerbread "people." It's a pun, folks!

Make months ahead recipe
Dough can be made months ahead of time and frozen, or go ahead and bake the cookies and freeze them. When you are ready to decorate, thaw them out and either bake or put the finishing touches on them!

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter (NOT margarine, for the sake of the texture)
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 tsp. baking soda, dissolved in molasses
1/3 cup molasses (half dark and half light is best)
1 large egg, unbeatened
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

Blend all ingredients together using electric mixer or in a food processor; knead for few minutes and wrap in an airtight packet; let rest in the refrigerator for several hours.

Knead until as elastic as very dense bread dough. Chill (or freeze for up to a few months).

To Cook:

Thaw, roll very thin, cut, and bake at 325 degrees F. for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overbrown!

To use for Christmas tree ornaments, use a matchstick to make a hole in the middle top of the head large enough to put a tie or thin ribbon through WHILE COOKIES ARE STILL WARM. If you try to do this when the cookies have cooled, they'll only break.

The part children love: Decorating
Decorating can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Please see the note below for suggestions on ways to make it into a learning experience and tradition for your children.

Candies and cake decorations can be used to make the faces and buttons, maybe even belts and belt buckles. Icing, of course, can be colored to make clothing. If you have children or grand-children, let them help decide and decorate!

Servings: Makes about 4 dozen small people
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NOTES, COMMENTS, AND SUGGESTIONS:

Turning decorating into a learning experience for children of all ages:
Choosing the decorations and then using them can be a wonderful learning experience for children of all ages, even very young ones of 2-years-old! Before going shopping for the decorations, explain that you are going to make people cookies and that they'll need to have their faces made and clothing put on (depending on the age of the child, you can make it as simple as putting eyes and a mouth on or as elaborate as putting pants and shirts, or other clothing on). Kids have imaginations that most of us can't imagine, so don't underestimate them. At the store, let them choose the decorations they will need (again, take the child's age into consideration. A 2-year-old will need a lot of guidance, while a 12-year-old can do it themselves). This can easily turn out to be a Christmas or other holiday tradition, so don't forget the camera! Looking back at the way they decorated the cookies from year to year will be a real treat when they are older!


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