Time: 1 hour. This recipe makes a lot of cookies. You can halve it if you like, but, to get the most variety from your batch, we suggest you use half the dough to make gingersnaps and use them for dulce de leche or ice cream sandwiches, then use the rest of the dough for the sugar-and-spice cookies or the lemon meringue stars.
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
1 large egg
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Beat butter and brown sugar together in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed. Mix in molasses, then egg, until blended, scraping bowl as needed.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spices; add to butter mixture on low speed, mixing until combined.
Divide dough in half, shape each into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap dough. On a generously floured surface, roll out each disk until 1/8 in. thick. Using round 2 1/2- to 3-in. cookie cutters, cut out dough and arrange circles about 1 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets (use a small spatula to transfer). Reroll scraps as needed.
Bake cookies until dry-looking and just starting to brown on edges, about 8 minutes. Set pans on racks and let cookies cool on pans.
Make ahead: Chill dough (step 3) up to 1 week. Store baked cookies airtight up to 3 days.