Here’s My Heart Gingerbread Pals

Here’s My Heart Gingerbread Pals
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4
  2. cup light molasses
  3. 2
  4. tablespoons water
  5. 2/3
  6. cup butter or margarine
  7. 1/2
  8. cup packed brown sugar
  9. 1
  10. egg
  11. 2 1/4
  12. cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  13. 1
  14. teaspoon ground ginger
  15. 1
  16. teaspoon ground cinnamon
  17. 1/2
  18. teaspoon baking soda
  19. 1/2
  20. teaspoon salt
  21. 1/4
  22. teaspoon ground cloves
  23. 4
  24. oz vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)
  25. 4
  26. teaspoons red decorating sugar
Instructions
  1. 1 In 3-quart saucepan, cook and stir molasses and water over medium heat until hot; remove from heat. Stir in butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients except candy coating and decorating sugar. Divide dough in half; shape into 2 disks. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. 2 Heat oven to 350°F. On floured surface, roll 1 disk of dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut with floured 3- to 3 1/2-inch gingerbread boy and girl cookie cutters. With 1-inch heart-shaped cutter, cut out small heart in center of each cookie. On 1 ungreased cookie sheet, place gingerbread cutouts. On second ungreased cookie sheet, place hearts. Repeat with second disk.
  3. 3 Bake hearts 5 to 7 minutes, gingerbread cookies 7 to 9 minutes, or until set. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
  4. 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave candy coating on High 1 minute; stir until smooth. Frost each heart with coating; immediately sprinkle with red sugar. Place dot of melted coating on back of heart; place on hand of each gingerbread cookie or near cutout heart on body of cookie. Decorate as desired.
Notes
  1. These saucepan cookies are easy to stir up—you don’t need a mixer.
  2. You could use Betty Crocker® frosting to decorate the hearts and cookies if you prefer. But the frosting doesn’t set up, so store the cookies in a single layer if you do.
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