These gingerbread cookies are as delicious to eat as they are fun to make. I think my kids enjoyed making these cookies even more than sugar cookies this year. Perhaps it's because the gingerbread people seem to have a bit of personality. Use whatever decorations you have on hand. We found red and green striped white chocolate chips and thought they made terrific buttons for these gingerbread men.
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- Gel icing for decorating
- M&Ms or striped white chocolate chips for decorating
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla. Beat well.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
Stir into the wet ingredients until well-incorporated (you can do this with your hands).
Separate the dough into three pieces. Form into logs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
When ready to bake, remove dough from oven and preheat oven to 350 F.
Roll dough out to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Use cookie cutters to make gingerbread people.
Bake 8 to10 minutes.
Let cool and decorate.
There's something about the flavors of gingerbread that remind us of the holidays. Another quintessential holiday dessert is pie--try sweet potato pie with whipped cream, the best streusel apple pie ever, or ginger pumpkin pie.