Queue the Christmas music, ......"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!"
The holidays are a great excuse to get together with family and celebrate. With all the parties and gatherings you are going to this year perhaps a little baking session is needed. Here's an easy and fun gingerbread cookie recipe that is not only delicious but great for any party. This year I was even thinking I could write peoples names on them and use them as place cards on a dinner table! Or keep some blank cookies for my nephew and nieces to decorate as a pre-dinner activity. The creative opportunities are endless! Enjoy!
Makes about 30 cookies
1/3 Cup Butter (unsalted) - softened
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Large Egg - at room temperature
1/3 Cup of Fancy Molasses
2 3/4 Cups of Flour (All Purpose)
1 1/2 TSP of Ginger
1 TSP of Cinnamon
1/2 TSP Baking Soda
1/4 TSP Ground Cloves
Pinch of Salt
*You will also need cookie cutters and icing!
Blend softened butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add in your egg and fancy molasses.
In a separate bowl mix your flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, ground cloves and salt. Whisk until well mixed.
Slowly start to add your flour mixture into your butter mixture until a dough starts to form. You may want to finish it off with your hands.
Make two dough balls from the mixture and wrap in plastic wrap before placing them in the fridge for an hour.
After an hour, remove the dough balls from the fridge and let them rest for 10 minutes before rolling them out to 1/4 inch thickness. I used my clean counter top to roll the dough out and placed wax parchment paper on top of the dough for easy rolling.
Cut out your shapes and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Place each shape 1/2 - 1 inch apart because the cookies do spread out and puff up a little.
Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 10 if you want them soft and 12 if you want them crunchy.
Remove from oven and allow to cool down before decorating.
If you like this recipe or have any comments/questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below!