Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2011 (III)

Whenever I make cutout cookies, the childhood memories of baking Christmas cookies with tin cookie cutouts come flooding back.  I’m particularly a sucker for star shapes, so this recipe caught my attention.

White Chocolate-Dipped Ginger Stars

Ingredients:  1 cup softened butter; 1 cup sugar; 1 egg; 1 cup dark molasses; 2 tablespoons white vinegar; 5 cups flour; 3 teaspoons ground ginger; 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda; 1 teaspoon cinnamon; 1 teaspoon ground cloves; 1/2 teaspoon salt

Baking:  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg, molasses, and vinegar.  Sift dry ingredients into batter.  Gather into a ball, then flatten into a disk.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease baking sheets.  Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness.  Cut into stars and arrange on baking sheets.  Bake 5 to 8 minutes, until firm to touch.  Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.

Icing:  Melt 2 cups white chocolate chips and 4 tablespoons shortening in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring completely.  Dip cookies halfway into white chocolate mixture, then place on wax paper until icing is set.

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2011

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes — 2011 (II)

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