Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Recipe Rating: 3.55531
Makes about 1 dozen
These molasses-sweetened cookies are easily shaped into gingerbread men or women, so make them in any shape you wish. It's not as hard as you might think, and they are the perfect homemade gift.
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • Icing, for decorating (optional)
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In a large bowl, sift together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, nutmeg, and salt and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add molasses and egg and beat until well combined. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until incorporated. Divide dough in half, wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Arrange rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out one piece of dough until 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter and transfer cookies to baking sheets, arranging them about 1-inch apart. Repeat process with remaining dough. Bake until firm and the edges are just beginning to brown, 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies.
Set cookies aside to let cool on the baking sheet for about 1 minute, then transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely. Once cool, ice cookies, if you like.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 270 calories (80 from fat), 8g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 40mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 45g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 18g sugar), 4g protein.
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