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Yule Recipies

All-Purpose Holiday Cookies

(Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies)

2 Cups All-purpose Flour,
1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg,
1/8 tsp. Ground Allspice,
1 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder,
1/4 tsp. Salt,
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla,
1 Egg, beaten,
1/3 Cup vegetable oil,
1/4 Cup Milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix the dry ingredients and the oil together in a large mixing bowl. Beat remaining ingredients until light and fluffy. Add to the mixing bowl with the mixture and stir together. Allow the mixture to chill for at least two hours--overnight is better. Divide the mixture into four sections for easier handling. Roll the dough out on a generously floured cutting board until it is about 1/8th of an inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and place the cut-outs onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until cookies are stiff and a light golden color. Do not bake until brown or cookies will become hard and brittle.

Gingerbread Men (and Women)

(Makes about 3 dozen medium-sized cookies)

1 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Cup Dark Molasses,
3/4 Cup Shortening,
1/4 Cup butter or margarine,
4 Cups Flour,
2 Eggs, slightly beaten,
2 tsp. Cinnamon,
3/4 tsp. Powdered Cloves,
1/8 tsp. Allspice,
4 tsp. Ginger,
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix al ingredients except the flour. Add the flour slowly, mixing each addition thoroughly. The dough should be slightly stiff. If the mixture seems too dry, add a teaspoon or two of water; if too wet, add more flour. Roll out the dough on a floured cutting board to about a 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters shaped like little dough people to make the shapes. Place these on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes (time is only approximate). Transfer the cookies to wax paper to cool. Give your gingerbread people features by using colored frosting from a pastry tube.

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