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Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls

We give these classics a delicious, chocolate twist -- and who can argue with that? These gingerbread folks are fun to make and even better to eat!

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Serves: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
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1 package (12-oz.) NESTLÉ ® TOLL HOUSE ® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup water
16 ounces prepared vanilla frosting*, colored if desired

MICROWAVE 1½ cups morsels in medium, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10 to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth; cool to room temperature.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in small mixer bowl until creamy; beat in molasses and melted chocolate. Gradually add flour mixture alternating with the water and beating until smooth. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm.

PREHEAT the oven to 350 degrees F. ROLL half of dough to ¼-inch thickness on floured surface with floured rolling pin. Cut dough into gingerbread boy and girl shapes using cookie cutters or a stencil. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. BAKE for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still slightly soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PLACE the remaining morsels in heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH power for 30 to 45 seconds; knead. Microwave for 10 seconds; knead until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to pipe chocolate. Decorate with piped frosting or icing or use the colored icing that is sold in tubes.

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