gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread houses are pretty much on the way out in this house. Too much stress for the momma. BUT, every year we do make Gingerbread cookies and this is the best recipe ever. It’s from The Fannie Farmer Baking Book and we’ve not had a bad batch in the 8 years we’ve been making them. Every year I remember my now not so small  boy sitting on the counter as a 14 month old and pressing out these cookies. Time goes too quickly.

From Christmas 2011

gingerbread persons (original recipe by Fannie Farmer, with my modifications)

8 T butter (1 stick) softened
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c organic molasses
1 egg
2 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c unbleached all purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 T powdered ginger
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1/2 t ground allspice

Cream the butter & sugar together, then beat in molasses and egg.
Stir & toss together the flour, baking soda, salt & spices.
Add dry ingredients to wet and beat until the dough is thoroughly combined.
Cover and chill for about an hour.
Preheat oven to 350*.
On lightly floured surface, roll out the dough and cut. Transfer to cookie sheet and bake for about 7 minutes.

At this point you can choose to ice them, but we don’t.

Merry Christmas!!!

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