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Android Gingerbread - get it while it's hot!

Just in time for the new Android Gingerbread release date.  Now you can be the first kid on the block to have it - and eat it too!

Step 1: Making the Cutters

I like to use lasers whenever I can because it makes me sound cooler than I am.  And, having this giant laser cutter at work makes it even easier!  So of course, I laser cut some templates to make cookie cutters.

I made a bunch of different sizes, and chose my favorites.

Then I used some hose clamps (thanks everyone for helping me identify them!)  which bent with only moderate force around the templates.  

The first one I closed with twist-ties, but by the time I did the robot, I got smart.

Step 2: The Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (360g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (165g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

DIRECTIONS:
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  • In a large mixer bowl cream together butter and  brown sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add egg and mix on medium speed until well blended.
  • Add molasses and vanilla and mix until well blended.
  • Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.

Step 3: Cut & Bake

Preheat oven to 375F (190c)

After the dough is chilled, roll it out on a well-floured surface.  The dough is soft and sticky enough to support the amount of flour it will take to roll out evenly.

When dough is around 1/4" thick (your preference!), cut out your shapes, and place them well spaced on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating pan half-way through baking time.  You can see from the pictures how much they puff up!

Step 4: Make the Icing

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/4 cup meringue powder
  • 1/2 cold water
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
This is the first time I've used meringue powder to make Royal Icing, and it was dead easy.  

DIRECTIONS: 
  • Add 1/4 cup of powder to 1/2 cup cold water and beat until stiff peaks form.  
  • Sift in 4 cups of powdered sugar and beat until the icing reaches desired consistency.

Step 5: Decorate

Decorating cookies is hard!  This was one of those things I just thought I would naturally be good at, but that was not the case.  I made a mess!

Here's basically what I did:
  • Using a piping bag, I piped an outline of icing around each cookie to define its features.
  • Then I put the cookies in the fridge for the icing to firm up.
  • Next, I dyed the icing in the colors I wanted and thinned them down a little with water.
  • First I tried piping the color into the areas I wanted, and later I switched to using an offset spatula to apply the colored icings.
  • Using the offset spatula or a toothpick, I pushed the icing up to the edges of the piped outlines.

It took a while, and robots are esp. hard I've decided.

Well, it was fun and delicious, so I hope you enjoy!

Step 6: Caption This!

Caption this picture for a chance to win a 3-month PRO membership!  

Captions accepted until midnight Sunday, Nov. 28th, so enter now!
<p>Thanks, I wold like to try. </p><p><a href="http://luckypatcher.co/" rel="nofollow">Lucky patcher</a></p>
<p>Awww, just so cute!!!! And tasty, probably! Now comes the time for an ice-cream sandwitch.</p>
I am looking forward to see the IOS 6 cookies !
narly (:
Wow - these are great!
OMG they're so cute
It looks like *puts on sunglasses* they were iced<br>YYYEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHH!!!
LMAO .. nice one &quot;H&quot;... he could make &quot;im going to mcdonalds&quot; sound dramatic...
I still think that one was hilarious.
<br>very creative make,<br>nice job!
are these cutters food safe?
Awesome!
android has cookies =)
Android more powerful than the instructables robot?! tune in next weak!
:o
I know this kind of negates the whole &quot;gingerbread&quot; part, but other cookie doughs won't puff up as much and will retain a cutout shape better. <br><br>THAT being said, I want a lazer cutter. ;_; I want to make my own cookie cutters like that now...I have to do it the ghetto way and bend already bought cutters. XD
Great job!
Android web brower has cookie issue.
you mean chrome?
lol
Robot power! I love android. You should make an army of them attacking an iphone.
&quot;Aw geez boss, i dunno, this takes the biscuit, there's crumbs everywhere. Looks like this guy cooked himself, and the rest were too baked to notice. One way or another, they all met their baker.&quot;
This is by far my favourite!
look android, the others tried to eat themselves, i know were so delicious but we cannot resort to cannibalism anymore
you can't catch me i'm the ginger bread man... robot
Cookies need love like everything does
I see you tried to help the others and I am OK with the kink in my neck.
Four down, one instructable to go!
Android, ... , Android, Instructable, Android, Android...<br><br>Using the above clues, fill in the blank.
instructibles robot says: What the hell! im a cookie! <br>android robot says : join the club, fred over their got a bunch stuck in his web browser.
wiggle dance
so the beta test of the improbability drive was a complete smashing succsess, now how do we restore normality?
come to the open source side! we have cookies!
the instructibles robot, now in three dimensions and more delicious than ever...
<br> &quot;Yes... this is his work.&nbsp; The<em> <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Ninjabread-Men-Cutters/">ninjabread man</a></em> was here.&quot;<br>
oh no, the transmogrifier malfunctioned.....
Worst. Bezerk. Game. Ever.
Four out of five gingerbread instructable robots agree, green frosting is just to DIE for!
There other other fish in the sea.
I was wondering what that codename meant!
&quot;Oh no... the zombie androids are coming to eat us&quot;
&quot;Do you know the Muffin Man?&quot;
Hey guys down there, is this how the cookie crumbles rumours get started?
Last Stand of the Do It Yourselfer: Requiem for a Dying Breed.
all your base are belong to us
Standing Yellow Robot: *static* ANDROIDS ARE ATTACKING THE ROBO GUARDS IN THE BAKING SECTOR! REQUEST BACKUP IMMEDIATELY!!! OH GOD, ROBO 3'S EYE IS BLEEDING ICING! *static*
After killing four of his comrades right in front of him, the evil Green Androids were sure he would surrender his secrets...when the Instructables robot initiated a self destruct sequence. His gyros shut down and he began to topple. The Androids knew then that they had lost.
Yellow Robot: Just act natural. As long as we don't move, they can't see us.
&quot;hey good lookin&quot;.... can I open your source....?
Android Robot: &quot;resistance is futile! Look at what we did to your friends!&quot;

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