Monogrammed favors are wedding classics -- here we use crunchy spice cookies as the base for royal-icing initials.
- Yield: Makes about 6 1/2 dozen
Photography: Krause, Johansen
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2005
- 6 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup unsulfured molasses
Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder into a large bowl.
Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in spices, eggs, and molasses. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Divide dough into thirds; wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes with 3-inch cookie cutters. Space 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining scraps of dough. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
Bake until set, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.