Here’s My Heart Gingerbread Pals

Looking for a gingerbread dessert? Then check out these girl and boy shaped saucepan cookies – delightful holiday treats.

  • Prep Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 25 min
  • Servings 30

Ingredients

1/4
cup light molasses
2
tablespoons water
2/3
cup butter or margarine
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1
egg
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon ground ginger
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground cloves
4
oz vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)
4
teaspoons red decorating sugar

  • 1 In 3-quart saucepan, cook and stir molasses and water over medium heat until hot; remove from heat. Stir in butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients except candy coating and decorating sugar. Divide dough in half; shape into 2 disks. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. On floured surface, roll 1 disk of dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut with floured 3- to 3 1/2-inch gingerbread boy and girl cookie cutters. With 1-inch heart-shaped cutter, cut out small heart in center of each cookie. On 1 ungreased cookie sheet, place gingerbread cutouts. On second ungreased cookie sheet, place hearts. Repeat with second disk.
  • 3 Bake hearts 5 to 7 minutes, gingerbread cookies 7 to 9 minutes, or until set. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
  • 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave candy coating on High 1 minute; stir until smooth. Frost each heart with coating; immediately sprinkle with red sugar. Place dot of melted coating on back of heart; place on hand of each gingerbread cookie or near cutout heart on body of cookie. Decorate as desired.

Expert Tips

These saucepan cookies are easy to stir up—you don’t need a mixer.

You could use Betty Crocker® frosting to decorate the hearts and cookies if you prefer. But the frosting doesn’t set up, so store the cookies in a single layer if you do.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
110
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
5%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
95mg
95%;
Total Carbohydrate
15g
15%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.