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Halloween Guide and Ideas
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Who wouldn't love biting the head off a little gingerbread man? It's a perfect cookie for Halloween trick-or-treaters or for anytime you feel like being an aggressive eater!

You can buy boxed gingerbread cookie mix and use that if you are short on time. Just follow the direction on the box and use a cookie cutter shaped like a little "Gingerbread man", which you can find at most places that sell baking supplies. They come in all sizes so how big you make the cookie is up to you. Just follow our decorating advice, below, to finish off your Gingerbread Corpses. You'll have all the enjoyment and more time for other baking!

If you'd like to bake from scratch, try the recipe below. It does have to sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours before use, so make a day in advance.

Gingerbread Cookie Dough

6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup molasses, warmed slightly
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In large bowl, cream shortening, sugar, egg and warmed molasses. Dissolve baking soda in warm water and add to egg mixture. Beat until smooth.
Slowly add flour, spices and salt. Mix until well blended. Cover and chill for 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. Roll out dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch on a floured surface. Cut out gingerbread men using cookie cutters and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Use raisins to make eyes, noses and buttons. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on wire racks.

You can make your own icing or use store bought to decorate. Wilton, the company that makes so many cool Halloween cake pans and other items now makes tube frosting in Halloween colors such as orange, black, purple and bright green. They also make piping icing and flooding icing that makes decorating cookies a snap and they look professional! You can find out info on making your own Royal icing here.

To decorate these Gingerbread Corpses use icing to make "X"s for the eyes, add bloody gashes and whatever else you'd like to make them look "dead".


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