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Basic Gingerbread Cookies

This extra-stiff dough makes wonderful edible Christmas tree ornaments. It is sturdy enough to be used with giant cookie cutters.

  • yield: Makes about 16 large cookies

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in spices and salt, then eggs and molasses. Add flour mixture; combine on low speed. Divide dough in thirds; wrap in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour.

  3. Step 3

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a floured work surface, roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Bake until crisp but not darkened, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on wire racks, then decorate as desired.

Source
Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring

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Reviews (5)

  • Bcomer24 12 Dec, 2010

    I added two teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 extra egg to get the right consistency. Great recipe! Num Num!

  • poopedgreyhound 8 Dec, 2008

    Molasses is a thick syrup by-product from the processing of the sugarcane or sugar beet into sugar.

  • poopedgreyhound 8 Dec, 2008

    Molasses is a thick syrup by-product from the processing of the sugarcane or sugar beet into sugar.

  • kiltfire 18 Nov, 2008

    This recipe calls for molasses.

  • Anezh 23 Oct, 2008

    what is molasses?