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       Title: Gingerbread Teddy Bears (Leti Labell)
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 4 servings
  
            Here’s one of my old
            Favorites
            Decorate, but it’s fun and
            They taste wonderful.
            Better than
            Gingerbread men!
            They are a lot of work to
  
     1 c butter or margarine 2/3 c packed brown sugar 2/3 c dark corn
     syrup, light corn syrup, or molasses 4 c flour 1 1/2 tsp ground
     cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp ground
     cloves 1 beaten egg 1 1/2 tsp vanilla Miniature semisweet chocolate
     pieces Decorator Icing (see recipe) (optional)
   
     In a saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Cook and
     stir over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.
     Pour into a large mixing bowl.  Cool 5 minutes.
   
     Mix flour, cinnamon, ginger, soda and cloves. Add egg and vanilla to
     butter mixture; mix well. Add flour mixture; beat till well mixed.
     Divide dough in half. Cover; chill 2 hours or OVERNIGHT.
   
     For each bear, shape dough into one 1-inch ball, one 3/4 inch ball,
     six 1/2 inch balls, and five 1/4 inch balls.
   
     On an ungreased cookie sheet, flatten the 1-inch ball to 1/2 inch for
     the body. Attach the 3/4 inch ball for the head, and flatten to 1/2
     inch. Attach the 1/2 inch balls for arms, legs, and ears. Place 1 of
     the 1/4 inch balls on the head for the nose. Arrange the remaining
     1/4 inch balls atop the ends of the arms and legs for paws. Use
     miniature chocolate pieces for the eyes and navel.
   
     Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until done. Remove
     and cool on a wire rack.
   
     If desired, pipe on bow ties with Decorator Icing.
   
        16    cookies
  
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