Ashland Living - Daily Independent Winter 2018 - Page 23

GINGERBREAD COOKIE LETTERS TO SANTA 6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 4 teaspoons ground ginger 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves 1 teaspoon finely ground pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 cup unsulfured molasses ROYAL ICING 1 pound confectioners’ sugar, plus more if needed 5 tablespoons meringue powder 1. Cookies: Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt. 2. Combine butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium- high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition and scraping down bowl as needed. Beat in molasses. Add flour mixture and beat on low until just combined. Divide dough in thirds; form each into a flat rectangle and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. 3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick between lightly floured sheets of parchment, flipping and lifting off parchment occasionally to avoid sticking. Transfer to a baking sheet; chill 30 minutes. Cut into 3-by-2 1/4-inch rectangles. Chill until firm, 15 minutes. 4. Bake until crisp but not dark, about 14 minutes. Halfway through baking, lift up sheet and bang on oven rack to flat- ten cookies. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. 5. Royal Icing: Beat confectioners’ sugar, meringue powder, and a scant 1/4 cup water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed until smooth, about 7 minutes. If icing is too thick, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time; if too thin, beat icing for 2 to 3 minutes more, or add more sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Use imme- diately or store in an airtight container at room temperature overnight; stir before using. (Makes about 2 1/2 cups.) DIRECTORY OF COMMUNITY SERVICES & BUSINESSES PRESSURE CLEANING PAINTING WALLPAPERING DRYWALL HOME REPAIR OFFICE REPAIR Residential & Commercial Fully Insured FLATWOODS, KY • 836-2570 PHIL OSBORNE Guitar Lessons All styles & ages $12 for 1/2 hour 606-325-4430 PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE, INC. $5,000 PAYOUT ALL PACKS $5.00 G B I N O JUBILEE BINGO HALL 10 Miles W. of Ashland on Rt. 60 • Exit 181 off I-64, Left One Mile THURSDAY & FRIDAY 6:30 p.m. (606) 928-4646 To Advertise in the Directory of Community Services & Businesses, Call the Daily Independent’s Classified Department at 606-326-2625 SWIM BROTHERS BUILDING & REMODELING New Construction, Room Additions, Old Home Restoration, Complete Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Plumbing & Electrical, Vinyl Siding, Replacement Windows, Roofing (Metal, Rubber, Shingles), Concrete Work, Floor Leveling, Foundation Repairs, Hardwood Flooring, Tile Work, Fire & Water Restorations All Insurance Work Welcome Call For FREE Estimate Residential & Commercial Licensed & Insured ONE CALL DOES IT ALL! 606-325-2898 ASHLAND LIVING | WINTER 2018 | 23