Gingerbread men and women, gingerbread houses, gingerbread anything feels a lot like Christmas. The whole process of making the dough, rolling it out and using your favorite cutouts to create your desired ginger shapes becomes part of the Christmas tradition. It's a perfect cookie to get the kids involved with too, as decorating can be a creative exercise and game. Choose the best design, choose the funniest, the most original. What a great way to spend some quality family time, and best of all, enjoying the delicious cookies afterward.
Pre-heat oven 350°
Wish all dry ingredients in a separate big bowl, set aside
Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl
Add egg and molasses and mix well
* Gradually add dry ingredients to wet, mixed after every addition. Make sure it's all blended when complete.
Roll, cut and bake on parchment lined cookie sheets.
** Bake 12-16 min.
*** Once completely cooled, get creative with your icing!
* This recipe produces a lot of dough and it it quite thick toward the end. A more powerful mixer is best, but a hand held one will do the job with a little patience. ;)
** Baking time will vary on the thickness of you cutouts. The thinner they are, the shorter the time. Best to keep watch the first time through to determine the best time for your cookies.
*** Traditional Royal Icing was used for these cookies.