mmm, ginger snaps... one of my favourite cookies. i make health-style ones for the baby, in the ongoing half-hearted effort to keep him from finding out about sugar. my mum got me some great alphabet cookie cutters, so i thought - perfect! a way to make him eat healthy stuff and learn something at the same time!

but yikes, just try getting the dough out of these suckers...

i had to coax each part of each letter out with a chopstick. ugh. i did one alphabet's worth (plus one extra "r") and then gave up...

... and made people instead!

health-style baby gingies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbs ginger
1 tsp mace
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs baking powder

combine first four ingredients. sift dry ingredients together and add to wet ingredients to make a stiff dough. chill in fridge for half an hour. roll out to 1/4" thick, cut out whatever shapes cause you the least stress, and bake for 12 minutes at 350F.

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