Countdown to Christmas ~ Day 13

Here’s a scrumptious Gingerbread Cookie Recipe for you to save, bake and share, thanks to Martha Stewart.com. Bon Appetit!

INGREDIENTS
Makes about 2 dozen town houses, 4 dozen deer or trees, or 6 dozen men.

Molasses-Gingerbread Cookies
These cookies have a dark color and a pronounced molasses flavor.

DIRECTIONS
1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a medium bowl.
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for 2. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high
dusting
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
speed until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Divide dough into 3 portions, and wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a generously floured piece of parchment, roll dough to a scant 1/4 inch thick. Brush off excess flour. Slide dough and parchment onto baking sheets, and freeze for 15 minutes.
4. Cut out desired shapes. Transfer to parchment-lined
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, baking sheets, and freeze for 15 minutes.
room temperature 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups unsulfured molasses Royal Icing
5. Bake cookies for 6 minutes. Remove sheets from oven, and tap them firmly on counter to flatten cookies. Return to oven, rotating sheets, and bake until crisp but not darkened, 6 to 8 minutes more. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.
6. Spoon icing into a pastry bag fitted with a very small plain round tip (such as Ateco #0 or #1). Pipe designs on cookies. Let cookies stand at room temperature until set, at least 2 hours (preferably overnight). Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in airtight containers for up to 1 week.

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