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Gingerbread cookies

I am testing this recipe today. This is the second Gingerbread recipe I am testing.
I have found if it's gonna be a rough day on the water, a couple of nice soft gingerbread cookies does the trick for me.

I do hope they come out like the ones I used to enjoy from Kroger's, they quit selling them

24Servings Size5inch t ...

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)
1In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.
2In a large bowl (KitchenAid's great for this) beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.
3Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until well blended.
4Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
5Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.
6(Dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but in this case it should be refrigerated. Return to room temp before using.) Preheat oven to 375.
7Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
8Place 1 portion of the dough on a lightly floured surface.
9Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin.
10Roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick.
11Use additional flour to avoid sticking.
12Cut out cookies with desired cutter-- the ginger bread man is our favorite of course.
13Space cookies 1 1/2-inches apart.
14Bake 1 sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes (the lower time will give you softer cookies-- very good!).
15Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow the cookies to stand until the cookies are firm enough to move to a wire rack.
16After cookies are cool you may decorate them any way you like.
17I usually brush them with a powdered sugar glaze when I am in a hurry, but they look wonderful decorated with Royal icing.

Last edited by bwalker42; 11-30-2012 at 10:22 AM.
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