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The Perfect Man

The Perfect Man

11.23.2011Haha, made you look, right? While we can't offer the perfect man this holiday season, we can offer the perfect Gingerbread Man, thanks to our friends at Food Network.
 
Here, we found a great recipe for THE perfect gingerbread man. Try this out for yourself and let us know how "he" turns out. And remember, even if he doesn't look perfect, as long as he's tasty, you've done a good job!
 
Directions
Mix: Sift 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon each baking soda and salt, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves and allspice into a bowl. In another bowl, mix 6 tablespoons melted butter, 1 tablespoon melted shortening, 2/3 cup light brown sugar and 3/4 cup molasses; beat in 1 egg with a mixer. Beat in the flour mixture in two additions. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic and pat to 1/2 inch thick. Chill 2 hours.
 
Cut: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to 1/4 inch thick, dusting with flour, if needed. Cut into 3-to-5-inch gingerbread men and arrange 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Brush off excess flour and chill 15 minutes.
 
Bake: Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool, then decorate with Royal Icing.
 
Royal Icing: Sift 2 tablespoons meringue powder (found in the baking aisle or at crafts stores) and 1 pound confectioners' sugar into a large bowl. Beat in 6 tablespoons water with a mixer until glossy with soft peaks. Tint with food coloring, if desired.
 
To Draw: Transfer the icing to a resealable plastic bag; snip the tip of one corner. For dots, hold the bag at a 90 degree angle. For outlines, hold it at a 45 degree angle. Pipe onto the cooled cookies.
 
To Fill: Draw an outline with the icing, then thin the icing with milk or water until it's the consistency of glue and spread inside the outline with a paintbrush.
 
Be sure to visit Food Network or our very own Fiesta Recipe Corner for more great recipes including delicious holiday snacks!
 
Life's a Fiesta! To get any of the ingredients for your very own perfect gingerbread man above, stop by your local Fiesta Mart this week and find out what's going on inside.

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