I totally intended to make gingerbread men and women. And then I realized that I don’t have any men or women-shaped cookie cutters. #fail So I made gingerbread stars, gingerbread snowmen, gingerbread snowflakes, and gingerbread Christmas trees. That works too. 🙂
Even though gingerbread is not my favorite, it’s such a classic cookie and a lot of people really enjoy the flavor. This is a pretty mild gingerbread as far as I can tell, and very easy to mix together. Just be sure you have some time to chill the dough and decorate the cookies!!
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3 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
Sift flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together until smooth and light colored, 2-3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time, and then beat in molasses. With the mixer on its lowest setting, gradually mix in dry ingredients. You may need to switch to a rubber spatula to get everything well mixed. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.
Preheat oven to 350°. Working with 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll it out to a 1/8 inch thick. Cut out with cookie cutters. You can reroll the scraps. Bake on cookie sheets for 9-11 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown. Let cool on wire racks before frosting* and decorating as desired.
-Adapted from Paula Deen