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Gingerbread Robot
Adapted by Rosamaria Ramirez

A fun, do-at-home project for kids!
(makes 2 robots)

Image of red dot What you need...

•1 cup butter at room temperature
•1 3/4 cups brown sugar
•1 1/4 cups white sugar
•2 tablespoons molasses
•6 eggs
•7 cups all-purpose flour
•2 teaspoons baking soda
•1 tablespoon ground ginger
•1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
•1 tablespoon allspice

Image of red dot How to do it...

• Line several cookie sheets with aluminum foil. Butter and flour the foil.
• In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Beat in the molasses and eggs.
• In another large bowl, sift dry ingredients. Combine mixtures and knead into a smooth ball using more flour as needed. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
• Turn oven on to 350F. It will only take about 12 to 15 min to bake.
• On a well-floured surface, roll out a small amount of the dough until it's 1/4 inch thick. Cut out pattern pieces and place them on the dough and cut around the edges.
• Gently, using the spatula, lift the dough and place it on the prepared cookie sheet.
• Keep the unused dough well covered in the refrigerator.
• Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until browned.
• Allow to cool and assemble with icing (see following recipe).

Image of red dot How to glue it together...

• 3 egg whites
• 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
• 3 - 3 1/2 cups icing sugar

• In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until they begin to foam.
• Add the cream of tartar and beat until the whites are stiff but not dry.
• Gradually beat in the icing sugar, beating for about 5 minutes until it reaches spreading consistency.
• Keep it covered and refrigerated until needed. Use to put the robot together.

A gingerbread robot idea.

The head pattern for the gingerbread robot.

The arm pattern for the gingerbread robot.

The leg pattern for the gingerbread robot.

...or any other type of robot you can design!!!

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Curator: Drew Price
NASA Official: Lucien Junkin
Last Updated: April 28, 2020
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