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Gingerbread Christmas Stockings
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1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

2 tablespoons mild flavor molasses

1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated orange or lemon zest

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 to 3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half

Red and green paste or gel food color

Decorations, as desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine sugar and 1 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, molasses and orange zest; beat until well mixed. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough into thirds. Shape each third into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 4- to 5-inch stocking-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set and edges just begin to turn lightly browned. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and vanilla in another bowl; beat at low speed, adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Divide frosting into 2 small bowls; tint 1 green and 1 red. Decorate cookies as desired.

Tip #1

- Use marshmallows, licorice pieces, miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces and decorator candies to create these holiday stockings.

Tip #2

- Cut dough into your favorite holiday shapes such as gingerbread boys and girls, trees, snowmen and stars.

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