Christmas time is drawing near, the comforting smell of gingerbread cookies fills the air. Baking with kids and grandchildren, making memories and homemade gifts.
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest optional
Preheat oven to 350 F. Sift dry ingredients together into a bowl. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue beating. Slowly stir in water and molasses. Once mixture is well blended, slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Place covered bowl in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Roll dough onto lightly floured surface. Thicker dough for softer cookies. Use cookie cutter to carefully form shapes. Transfer to baking sheet and parchment paper. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool a few minutes before removing to wire rack. Decorate using icing sugar and water in a piping bag. Freeze extras to decorate later with family.
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Gingerbread images by K Juneau, TheOldeSaltHouse