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Basic Gingerbread Cookies

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Recipe photo courtesy of Alpha Smoot

Use this basic gingerbread recipe to make cutout cookies in various shapes. Our favorites are gingerbread boys and girls in different sizes, decorated with white royal icing and currant "buttons."

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2003
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Cook's Notes

When making large cookies, use two spatulas to transfer dough cutouts to baking sheets, or roll out the dough directly on the baking sheet. Press cutter into dough and remove excess before taking away the cutter.

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  • winterpowell
    24 DEC, 2011
    Love this recipe. Easy to follow and my friends and family love them. Thank you, Martha.
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  • lanachristine
    12 DEC, 2011
    Wonderfully excellent cookies from start to finish. Thank you for a receipe that actually tastes like it looks!
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  • Deruta
    11 JAN, 2011
    PLEASE tell us how to find the templates for these adorable cookies! I love the girl's dress with pockets! Pam
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  • dragonheart
    8 DEC, 2010
    Yeah the link that the one person put up was of no use. I am also looking for the link to the templates, please put back
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  • LisainVegas
    26 NOV, 2010
    I found the template link, I can't wait to try these. http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf2/gingerbreadpeople.pdf
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  • Svenske
    17 NOV, 2009
    This recipe has a great taste. Mine were cute and a HUGE HIT. To those whose cookies burned and thought it was the fault of the recipe: 1. Place cookies in preheated oven; 2. Set timer for 5 minutes less than suggested; 3. When timer goes off, check cookies; 4. If they need more time, leave in oven and check again in another few minutes until done. And, if your taste buds are sensitive to salt, add less (you can always add more). And congrats on your first attempt at baking cookies! Keep trying!
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  • karolr41
    9 DEC, 2008
    i baked these today and they taste a little bit salty... i wanna know what can i do... i reserved 2 third of the dough so i could fix them but i don't know... and the baking time is totally wrong they actually burned after 15 minutes... i need some help please cause i love gingerbread cookies but these oner were sooo wrong =(
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  • adelenne
    2 DEC, 2008
    One stick of butter is 125gms.
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  • katherine1971
    18 NOV, 2008
    A half pound is about 227 grams. Volume-wise, two sticks equals about 1 cup (237 mL).
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  • katherine1971
    18 NOV, 2008
    A half pound is about 227 grams. Volume-wise, two sticks equals about 1 cup (237 mL).
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