CHUCK NORRIS! These ninjas are cut out for action!
My friend M (actually I have two friends named M, but this one is the boy) gave me a very cool gift last year and I have been waiting for December to use it. It’s a set of 3 ninja cookie cutters. M has a penchant for gifting me with ninja-related presents and the cookie cutters were just SO AWESOME.
- ⅔ C shortening
- ½ C brown sugar, packed
- 2 TSP ginger, ground
- 1 TSP cinnamon
- ¼ TSP cloves, ground
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- ¾ C molasses
- 3 C flour
- 1 TSP baking soda
- ½ TSP baking powder
1. Moving like the wind, pre-heat your oven to 190°C / 375°F.
2. Quietly cream together the shortening, sugar, spices, and salt.
3. Beat in egg, to death. Add molasses and blend into the night.
4. Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add dry mixture to the wet with deadly accuracy. Cream together as if your life depends on it.
5. Roll the dough to ⅛ thickness, as even and smooth as the deadliest katana. Your hands move like a whisper, cutting the dark shapes into the dough.
6. Release the ninjas. Transfer them to a baking sheet that has been greased with lightning or lined with parchment paper.
7. Bake 6-7 min. Cool on rack. (Here is Boyfriend taking them out of the oven for me.)
Oh noes! The ninjas are burnt. Let’s try another round.
8. Frost with traditional ninja accessories. (I used my basic butter cream and divided the bowl of frosting in thirds. One part I left plain, and the other two I added highly concentrated no-taste black and no-taste red pigment. To achieve a darker black, I added cocoa to that bowl because it’s a lot easier to get black frosting if you start with chocolate frosting.)
I didn’t use the red dye yet, I’m going to let it sit overnight to darken. Stay tuned for more ninjas later this weekend.
Go ninja go!
Making these was a lot of fun. The first few ninjabread that I rolled did not turn out so well. As I was transferring them to the cookie sheet, I squished them. They ended up misshapen and burnt.
For the second batch I got Boyfriend Unit to hold a piece of parchment paper tightly against the cookie pan, and I plopped the dough right on to that, and rolled it out, cut the shapes, and then just peeled the excess away so the ninjas did not have to be moved. It worked much better.
The ninjas tasted pretty nice. I’ve never made gingerbreads before, they are tricky to work with. I have new respect for my sister J’s skills.
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