Hwa Wu is one busy woman. Raised in Los Angeles, this Chinese-American mom has three kids: 3-year-old Marcello, 2-year-old Penelope, and 1-year-old Maurizio. Though her background is in PR, Hwa’s two great passions are baking and drawing. Four months ago, she started a bilingual cooking club called ABC Kids Club for parents and kids aged 2-10. The sessions take place weekly and are held at Hwa’s apartment near Chaoyang Park. Class sizes range from four to 20 students and include built-in play time to give young bakers a break. Just in time for the Year of the Horse, Hwa shares a recipe for colorful and fragrant gingerbread horse cookies with help from her daughter Penelope. To find out more about ABC, contact Hwa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makes approximately 20 cookies 大约可做20块饼干
3 cups of plain flour 3杯面粉
1/2tsp of baking soda 1/2茶匙小苏打
1/2tsp of baking powder 1/2茶匙发酵粉
1/2 cup of butter 1/2杯黄油
1/2 cup of brown sugar 1/2杯红糖
2tsp of cinnamon powder 2茶匙肉桂粉
2tsp of ginger powder 2茶匙姜粉
1 egg 1颗鸡蛋
75ml of honey 75毫升蜂蜜
75ml of molasses 75毫升糖浆
Dash of nutmeg (optional) 少许肉蔻（可选）
Dash of cloves (optional) 少许丁香（可选）
Preheat oven to 175°C. Mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl.
In another large bowl, mix room temperature butter, brown sugar, and spices. Add the egg, honey, and molasses. Gradually mix in the flour.
Knead the dough into a ball and refrigerate for one to two hours. Roll out the chilled dough, then cut out horse shapes using a cookie cutter or a homemade template. Hwa recommends finding a horse shape you like, tracing it, cutting it out of wax paper or normal paper, placing it on the dough, and cutting around the shape with a knife.
Bake the dough for about eight minutes until it turns just a bit golden.
Let cool, then decorate the cookies with icing using piping bags.
Photos by ELF Kids Photography
This article originally appeared on p28-29 of the beijingkids February 2014 issue.
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