Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies

Frosted Gingerbread Cookies

I found this recipe for Gingerbread Cookies on the back of an old edition of “The Gingerbread Man” by Jim Aylesworth, which I picked up at the library for $.50. It is a wonderful recipe for this delightful traditional cookie that your children will love. The cookies are easy to make and perfect for sharing the joy of cooking with your children or grandchildren.

In addition to being a taste-delight, the recipe is extremely versatile. It can be used for making gingerbread houses and gingerbread men that can be decorated for the holidays, or for everyday cookies that you can roll in sugar, top with frosting, or fill with white chocolate chips. All that is required is a happy heart and an imagination to create this wonderful treat that is perfect with an ice cold glass of milk.

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  • 2½  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2/3 cup dark molasses (Grandma Moses recommended)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened (do not use margarine)

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Make the Dough

  1. Sift all dry ingredients into a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Whisk together lightly until blended – set aside.
  3. Place remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a hand-held electric mixer until smooth and thoroughly blended.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the butter/molasses mixture – a cup at a time.
  5. The batter will become stiff very quickly and will have to be mixed by hand.
  6. Continue to stir until all the ingredients are completely blended.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.

Bake the Cookies

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Sift a fine layer of flour on your board and your rolling pin. Keep the flour handy as you work to keep the dough from sticking.
  3. Roll out a portion of dough ¼” thick.
  4. Cut out your gingerbread men with a floured cookie cutter.
  5. (Use any other cookie shape you want, or cut into squares)
  6. You can also roll the dough into 1″ balls that can be placed on the cookie sheet and pressed flat with the bottom of a glass or a fork.
  7. Lay the cookies 1″ apart on a buttered cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch.
  9. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  10. When completely cool, decorate or frost the cookies, as you please. 
  11. (You can also roll the balls in granulated sugar before pressing them flat and placing on the cookie sheet to bake) 

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