Classic Gingerbread Cookies

These edible decorations are very sturdy and can be hung on the tree or just about anywhere. But be sure to make the holes before you bake the cookies.

Gingerbread man and woman
Classic Gingerbread Cookies
Classic Gingerbread Cookies
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
24cookies 45minutes 8minutes + 1 hour chilling time
Servings Prep Time
24cookies 45minutes
Cook Time
8minutes + 1 hour chilling time
Ingredients
Portions: cookies
Units:
Ingredients
Portions: cookies
Units:
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, butter, molasses, egg, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, cloves, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. With a mixer at medium speed, beat until well-mixed. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. On a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough 1/8-inch thick. Use cookie cutters to create desired ornament shapes, and place on ungreased cookie sheets about 1/2 inch apart. Using a skewer or the tip of a knife, make a hole in the top of each cookie. Re-roll trimmings and cut. Bake 8 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. With a spatula, transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Combine confectioners' sugar with just enough milk to make a smooth icing. Spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a writing tip, or use a plastic bag and snip the tip from one corner to make a small hole. Pipe designs on cooled cookies and decorate as desired. Set aside to dry completely.