Monday, December 10, 2012

Gingerbread Cookies

Back up and running now! Thanks so much for your patience. Hopefully you'll enjoy all of the recipes I'll be sharing again. The holiday season is the best time for all things luscious!

And what better way to start my sharing of holiday recipes, than with gingerbread cookies?! These gingerbread cookies are my all-time favorite cookie. I could seriously eat the whole batch myself! The rest of my family prefers the traditional frosted sugar cookie (which I will also share soon), but I always choose these gingerbread cookies over sugar cookies. Gingerbread just screams "CHRISTMAS" to me! It's warm and cozy and perfect with a cup of tea in front of the fireplace with Christmas music playing in the background. You'll definitely want to add these to your Christmas baking list...

Gingerbread Cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons groung ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg

In a bowl, stir together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and cloves. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer. Add the brown sugar and molasses; beat until combined. Add the egg and beat well. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed until just combined. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill the dough for 3 hours or until easy to handle.

On a well-floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes (the picture above shows a classic gingerbread man and gingerbread girl with a tree... but i've also done candy canes, snowflakes... choose whatever shape you like). Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 7 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Do not overbake these cookies or they won't keep their soft and chewy texture.

Enjoy!!! Enjoy these cookies and the entire holiday season!

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