Photo: Sheri Giblin; Food Styling: Margaret Dickey; Prop Styling: Amy Stone
Active Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Yield
Serves 24 (serving size: 1 [3-in.] cookie)

These gingerbread cookies are sweet and not too gingery- perfect for the kids and just how you remember them. This recipe is also great for gingerbread houses. Roll the dough 1/4" thick, cut out house, and bake at 325 until firm (about 20 minutes). Rotate the pan after 10 minutes and use bold molasses for even baking and optimal flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare the Cookies: Whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cloves in a large bowl. Place butter and brown sugar in another large bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in egg; beat in molasses, stopping to scrape sides of bowl as necessary. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed until just combined, about 2 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 to 4 times. Divide dough in half; shape each half into a disk. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill about 30 minutes.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°F. Working with 1 dough disk at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut dough into desired shapes, and place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven until cookies are set when touched in the centers, 7 to 8 minutes. Cool on pans about 5 minutes; remove to wire racks, and cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Step 3

Prepare the Icing: Combine powdered sugar and meringue powder in a medium bowl; add 3 tablespoons of the water, beating with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat on high speed until white and fluffy, adding additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary until desired consistency is reached. If desired, divide icing into 3 or 4 portions, and tint each with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired with icing.

Step 4

If tinted icings are too thin, add additional powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency

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