Thursday, December 17, 2009

classic gingerbread boy cookies...

1 cup butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 egg
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg

Combine dry ingredients and set aside. In a mixer cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg. Cover and chill for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment or silpat. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to approximately 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and place 1-2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 min. Let cool. Decorate. Store in an airtight container.

These are soft, chewy and have just the right amount of spice to make the perfect gingerbread cookie. This would be a fun weekend project with the kids! You can go as detailed or as simple (like I did) as you like with the decorating. I personally love cinnamon red hots on my gingerbread cookies...I didn't have any, though. Still delicious!


diane said...

Come to mama little gingerbread boy.

Yesterday I ate some store bought gingerbread boys that had white chocolate on their backsides. I ate about six or eight. Okay it was 10.

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Deborah said...

I haven't had a true gingerbread cookie in quite some time. I wonder if I could get away with making these even though Christmas is over! :)