Gingerbread Men

Makes 24 to 36 cookies. Recipe by George Geary is provided by CanolaInfo, which says these gingerbread men are a mixture of spicy and sweet and your children or grandkids can help stir the dough.

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1 large egg

1. In large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and salt. Set aside.

2. In another large bowl, whisk canola oil, brown sugar, molasses and egg. With wooden spoon, gently add all of flour mixture all at once. Mix only until it gathers, about 3 minutes.

3. Pat into disc, wrap with plastic film. Refrigerate for 1 hour to firm.

4. Remove about one-fourth of the dough (keeping remainder refrigerated until ready to use) and place on a floured surface. Roll out to about the thickness of a pie crust (1/4 inch.

5. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

6. Using gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut dough. Place on prepared baking sheet. Fill sheet with cut cookies, separating by 1/2 inch. Bake in preheated oven until dry looking on the top, about 10 to 12 minutes.

7. Keep cookies on pan to cool complete prior to placing them on wire rack.

Tip: You can place raisins and candies into the dough prior to baking to create the eyes, buttons and mouth.

Nutritional analysis per cookie: 150 calories, 7 grams total fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 10 milligrams cholesterol, 60 milligrams sodium, 20 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 2 grams protein.