Crystallized Ginger Gingerbread People

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4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon fine salt

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup coarsely chopped crystallized ginger* (about 3 ounces)

1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons freshly grated lime or orange zest, optional

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup molasses

1 large egg

Decorating Icing:

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened

3 cups confectioners' sugar

Pinch salt

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 to 3 tablespoons lime, orange or lemon juice, at room temperature

Crystallized ginger cut into 1/8-inch bits, optional

*Crystallized ginger, also called candied ginger, can be found at specialty food markets or online at Look for slices or chunks of crystallized ginger that are soft.

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