Photo Credit: Gingerbread cookies by Liliana Fuchs, on Flickr
Gingerbread cookies are ideal treats to fill Christmas gift baskets. These cookies are so cute and delicious at the same time.
3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp. ground gingers
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. cold water
Cream the butter and brown sugar together until fluffy. Add the molasses and lemon juice and beat again. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the dry to the butter mixture and blend until crumbly. Add the cold water and mix until dough is formed. Knead a minute by hand so that the dough holds together. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 ½ hours.
Roll the dough out to a ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut the figurines out of the dough with a gingerbread man or women cookie cutter. Arrange the figures on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn brown. Allow cookies to cool and then decorate with royal icing to create adorable Christmas treats!