Re-ginger-izing cut-ups recipe

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Have healthy fun with decorations on your gingerbread men here, trail mix provides the décor!

  • Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (100 g) Spectrum Organic Shortening
  • ¼  cup (60 g) packed brown sugar
  • ½  cup (120 ml) unsulfured molasses
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vinegar
  • ¼  cup (60 g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon (4.6 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (1.8 g) ground ginger
  • ½  teaspoon (2.3 g) baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon (1.2 g) ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) ground cloves
  • 1 cup (125 g) Bob’s Red Mill brown rice flour
  • ½ cup (50 g) rice bran
  • ½  cup (56 g) flax meal
  • ½ cup (60 g) Bob’s Red Mill tapioca flour
  • ½ cup (75 g) your favorite Enjoy Life Not Nuts! trail mix
How to Make It
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4).
  2. In a food processor, combine the shortening, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, and applesauce until smooth. Add the baking powder and the next 8 ingredients (through tapioca flour) and process until the dough forms into a ball.
  3. Divide dough into fourths. Place one section of dough between two pieces of nonstick parchment paper. With a rolling pin, roll dough into a flat ½-inch (1.2 cm) thick disk.
  4. Cut shapes out of dough cookie cutters. Use a flat spatula to gently remove the cookies to a greased baking sheet. Collect remaining dough and repeat process.
  5. Bake for about 12 minutes (depending on size of cookie), or until the cookies are darker around the edges and firm in the centers. Remove with a spatula to a flat surface to cool.
  6. While cookies are warm, press pieces of the trail mix into each cookie. For example, to make one gingerbread man you could use 2 raisin eyes, a sunflower mouth, chocolate chip buttons, and pineapple pieces on his shoes.
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