Recipe: Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies

One of my favorite things about this blog is the sharing power of friends and readers. Our friend Charla saw this recipe in her Real Simple magazine and sent me a picture – she knew I was looking for a gingerbread cookie recipe. It did not disappoint. Perfect gingerbread men, trees, and snowflakes to get us in the Christmas spirit!

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Men
Makes 3 dozen. // Note: The dough must chill for 2 hours so keep that in mind!
-5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-2 teaspoons ground ginger
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
-1 cup (1 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
-1 cup packed light brown sugar
-1 large egg
-1 cup unsulfured molasses
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium until smooth. Add the molasses and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla.
3. Stir in the flour mixture 1 cup at a time, blending until smooth. The dough should gather into a semifirm mass. If it’s not firm, add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour, but not enough to make it crumbly.
4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Flatten into disks and wrap in plastic.
5. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 1 week.
6. Preheat oven to 350° F.
7. On a floured surface, roll each disk to 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Transfer them to a large, parchment-lined (or silpat) baking sheet.
8. Decorate, if desired. Bake until firm to the touch, about 10-11 minutes.

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One Response to Recipe: Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies

  1. Stacey says:

    Gingerbread men are my favourite!!!!!

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