Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are really gearing up for Christmas at my house. The kids have had me dragging in all of the Christmas decorations and we have started the shopping too. Another favorite tradition for us is baking Christmas cookies of all varieties! We made our first batch of gingerbread men and I wanted to share the recipe with you. It is so good and the cookies always turn out crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside!
Plus, these are just so much fun to decorate too!
Makes about 4 dozen cookies
You will need:
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup molasses
3 cups flour, I used part whole wheat flour in these and they turned out great!
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar together. Add the egg and mix well. Mix in the molasses. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt, mixing until well combined. Chill dough for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick. You may need to add more flour as needed since dough will still be very soft. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are firm and lightly toasted on the edges.
- Decorate as desired or enjoy plain.