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Chocolate Gingerbread Boys And Girls

Servings: about 2 1/2 dozen c

Ingredients

  2 cans NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (12-ounce package)

  2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  1 tsp baking soda

  1/2 tsp salt

  1/2 tsp ground ginger

  1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  3 Tbs butter or margarine

  3 Tbs granulated sugar

  1/2 cup molasses

  1/4 cup water

  12 oz prepared vanilla frosting (1 container)

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Directions

MICROWAVE 1 1/2 cups morsels in medium, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth; cool to room temperature.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in small mixer bowl until creamy; beat in molasses and melted chocolate. Gradually add flour mixture alternately with water, beating until smooth. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

ROLL half of dough to 1/4-inch thickness on floured surface with floured rolling pin. Cut dough into gingerbread boy and girl shapes using cookie cutters or a stencil. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

BAKE for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still slightly soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PLACE remaining morsels in heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 30 to 45 seconds; knead. Microwave for 10 seconds; knead until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to pipe chocolate. Decorate with piped frosting or icing.