Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Basic Gingerbread
by SuSu, MaceVindaloo

Jacen Solo had rescued Danni Quee from the Yuuzhan Vong early in their invasion attempts, and they were forced to share the very snug compartment of a drilling rig together for a while. Her gratitude, their forced proximity, and their inadequate clothing created a very volatile environment for young lust, indeed!

In Iella's AU series, At the Oasis, Jacen is the equivalent of earth's "crocodile hunter," though he has two beautiful and jealous assistants: Danni Quee and Tenel Ka. He made the mistake of making decorated cookies for Danni's birthday (he re-spelled her name "Danny" to make it "flow" better, he said), made in the shape of the drilling compartment in which they'd escaped together.

Realizing too late that Tenel Ka may see this as favoritism — or worse, betrayal! — Jacen made other cookies for Tenel Ka modeled after animals they'd studied together. Then he decorated a cake with the animals cookies ...

It didn't help; instead of both being happy, both women were furious!

    Basic Gingerbread
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, clobes, black pepper, and salt together. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy (use an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, if you can. This is hard work!). Mix in the eggs and molasses, and beat till well blended. Using a low speed setting, add the flour mixture into the batter. Divide the dough into thirds and wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 1 hour or longer.

Heat the oven to 350° / 165°C. Sprinkle flour onto a work surface and roll out the dough to 1/8-inch / ½ cm. Using a sharp knife or cookie cutters dipped in flour, cut the cookies out. Work quickly — the dough must stay cold or it will be difficult to handle.

Transfer the shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet (though we recommend using foil or parchment paper to line the pans). To help the cookies retain their shapes, refrigerate the dough on the cookie sheet till the dough is firm, about 10 minutes.

Bake the cookies till they are crispy and stiff, but not darkened much. This will take about 10 minutes. Cool the cookies on wire racks, then decorate with royal icing.

    Basic Royal Icing
  • 1 lb / 450 g powdered sugar
  • 2 egg whites (from large sized eggs)
Using an electric mixer, combine the sugar and egg whites using low speed. Continue mixing till the icing "ribbons" and leaves a train on the surface of the goopy mixture for about 5 seconds.

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