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Cooking with Kids: Gingerbread cookie a pleaser

Thursday, February 14, 2002

Correction/Clarification: (Published Feb. 15, 2002) The amounts of salt and baking soda were repeated inadvertently in Thursday's Cooking With Kids recipe for Gingerbread Cookies. The correct amounts are 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda.

Name: Jimmy Garrity

Jimmy Garrity

Age: 9

Parents: Jackie and Joe Garrity

Sister: Jeana, 13 months

Community: Just moved to Mars

School: Attended St. Cyril of Alexandria school and will now be in fourth grade at Adams Elementary School

Hobbies: Playing piano

Sports: Basketball and spring soccer

Favorite food to cook: Macaroni and cheese

Favorite foods to eat: Pizza

Favorite subject in school: Music

Favorite TV show: "Ed and Eddie"

Favorite books: Harry Potter series

Favorite movie: "Back to the Future"

What he wants to be when he grows up: Music teacher

Looking for a special treat for your Valentine? Try Jimmy's cutout cookies. He likes making these cookies with his mother, and they are his favorite. "My mom taught me how to cook when I was about 5," Jimmy said. "My mom's mother gave us this recipe."

Jimmy offers this tip for baking kids: "Get a parent to help with the oven." He suggests using sprinkles and icing on these cookies.

Gingerbread Cookies

1/4 cup water, boiling
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pour the boiling water over butter. (Have a parent help you with the boiling water.)

Add the sugar and molasses and mix well.

Sift together dry ingredients and add to the butter-sugar mixture. Chill thoroughly.

Take out of refrigerator and roll out. Cut with a gingerbread man cutter and other desired shapes. Place on lightly sprayed cookie sheets.

Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for about 10 minutes.

Makes about 4 dozen, depending on the size of the cutters.

To submit a recipe to Cooking with Kids, please send the recipe, along with the name of the child, a head shot (preferably a school picture), and a telephone number where the child can be contacted to: Cooking with Kids, Kathleen Ganster, 3142 Camberly Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044. Questions? Call Kathleen at 724-443-1664.

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