Chocolaty Gingerbread People Cookie Mix

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“This is a delicious twist to your regular gingerbread! I think I even like it better than plain ol' gingerbread! Another one of those recipes where you just can't eat one! Time does not include chilling time!”
40 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, stir together cocoa powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and cloves; set aside.
  2. In a 1-quart jar layer ingredients in the following order: flour, brown sugar, packed down tightly with the back of a spoon; granulated sugar, and cocoa mixture. Seal; store in a cool place, dry place for up to one month. Makes enough mix to make about 40 cookies.
  3. To make Chocolaty Gingerbread people:
  4. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup softened butter and 1/2 cup shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in 1 egg, 2 tablespoons molasses, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla, scrapping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the cookie mix from the jar as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in remaining cookie mix. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 3 hours or until dough is easy to handle.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Using floured 4 to 5 inch people cookie cutters, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Decorate as desired.

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