Thursday, October 1, 2009

30 Days of Holiday Christmas Cookie Recipes! German Gingerbread Cookies Day 28

Holiday Christmas Cookie Recipes!
German Gingerbread Cookies

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1/2 cup dark molasses
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each cloves, nutmeg and salt
2/3 cup ground California pistachios
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg 1 egg yolk, beaten with 2 teaspoons water

For decoration:1/4 cup each chopped and whole shelled California pistachios

Combine molasses with butter and sugar in saucepan; heat, stirring just until butter melts. (Don’t boil.) Cool.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, spices, salt, ground pistachios and baking powder. Add egg and cooled syrup mixture and blend to a dough.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375*F (190*C).
Roll out dough into two (12-inch) rounds and cut out holiday shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets, leaving 1/2-inch between them. Brush with egg yolk-water mixture. Decorate with chopped and whole pistachios.
Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden at edges. Cool on wire racks.
Makes 30 (3-inch) cookies.
Tip: Pulse pistachios in a food processor until coarsely ground.

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