Gingerbread Cookies

It’s my first Christmas in my first apartment with James with our first real Christmas tree. I’m learning how to celebrate this new holiday that will now be constant in my life and in my house during the holiday season. One item that seemed “Christmas-y” to me was ginger bread cookies. Not the snappy cookies that are also really good. But the soft, chewy and somewhat spicy cookies with frosting. Is your mouth watering yet?

gingerbread cookies

Ingredients
Recipe courtesy of Good Things Catered
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 egg
4 cup sifted flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment.
1. In the bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth
2. Stir in molasses and egg.
3. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mixture until smooth.
4. Cover, and chill for at least one hour.
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness
6. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters, or top of a glass
7. Place cookies 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm.
8. Let cool for 10 minutes on pan. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool.

Voila! I’m on my way to establishing holiday traditions in my home!

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