Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/2 cup(s) sugar

  2. 1/2 cup(s) light (mild) molasses

  3. 2 teaspoon(s) ground ginger

  4. 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon

  5. 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cloves

  6. 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg

  7. 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper

  8. 2 teaspoon(s) baking soda

  9. 1/2 cup(s) (1 stick)

  10. butter , cut into chunks, substitute margarine

  11. 1 large egg , beaten

  12. 3 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour

  13. Ornamental Frosting

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In 3-quart saucepan, heat sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pepper to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in baking soda (mixture will foam up in the pan). Stir in butter until melted. With fork, stir in egg, then flour.

  2. On lightly floured surface, knead dough until thoroughly mixed. Divide dough in half. Wrap one half of dough with plastic wrap and set aside.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. With floured rolling pin, roll remaining half of dough slightly thinner than 1/4 inch. With floured 3-inch to 4-inch assorted cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; reserve trimmings. Place cookies, 1/2 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. Reroll trimmings and cut out more cookies.

  4. Bake cookies 12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.

  5. When cookies are cool, prepare Ornamental Frosting if you like; use to decorate cookies as desired. Set cookies aside to allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container (with waxed paper between layers, if decorated) at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or in freezer up to 3 months.


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