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Stenciled Gingerbread Hearts

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Stenciled Gingerbread Hearts
  • Prep Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 40 min
  • Servings 36
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Enjoy these delicious heart shaped cookies baked with robust flavored molasses, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

Ingredients

1
cup shortening
1
cup molasses
3
cups all purpose or unbleached flour
2
teaspoons baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ginger
1/4
teaspoon nutmeg
1/4
teaspoon cloves
Milk
Powdered sugar
Lacy paper doily or stencil design
Decorative ribbon, if desired

Directions

  • 1 In large bowl, combine shortening and molasses; blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg and cloves; mix well. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 hours for easier handling.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. On well-floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2 1/2 to 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. (To make ornaments or garlands, see tip below.) Remove from cookie sheets. Cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 4 Brush cooled cookies lightly with milk. Place lacy paper doily over 1 cookie; press down. With small strainer, sprinkle powdered sugar evenly over doily. Carefully remove doily. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let stand until dry.
Tips  

To make ornaments, punch a hole in each cookie with drinking straw while cookie is hot. For garland, make 2 holes 1-inch apart in each cookie. Stencil cookies and allow to dry. Thread ribbon through cookies.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
110
(
Calories from Fat
50
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
9%
(
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
105mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
14g
5%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
6g
)
Protein
1g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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