Gingerbread Cookies

In Smart Cookies #007, I mentioned that gingerbread cookies get their flavor from molasses. This recipe yields thick and chewy cookies. For a crisper texture, roll the dough out a bit thinner than directed and allow an extra minute of baking.

The decorative, edible paint is basically egg yolks and food coloring. It is applied to the cookies before baking.


All purpose flour 3¼ cups
Baking soda 1 tsp
Salt ¼ tsp
Unsalted butter, softened 1 cup or 2 sticks
Dark or light brown sugar ½ cup
Ground ginger 2 tsp
Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
Freshly grated or ground nutmeg ¼ tsp
Ground cloves ¼ tsp
Unsulfured molasses ½ cup
Egg 1 large


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