Easy Gingerbread Cookies

This dough for these easy gingerbread cookies is perfect for creating people, animals, or just about any shape you want to decorate.

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Servings Prep Time Cook Time
24cookies 30minutes (plus 1 hour chilling) 8minutes
Servings Prep Time
24cookies 30minutes (plus 1 hour chilling)
Cook Time
Portions: cookies
Portions: cookies
  1. In a large bowl, with mixer at slow speed, beat flour, sugar, butter, molasses, egg, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt until well mixed.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, working with half of the dough this time, roll 1/8 inch thick. With floured cookie cutters, cut dough into shapes. Using a metal spatula or pancake turner, place cookies 1/2 inch apart on greased cookie sheets. Re-roll trimmings and continue to cut shapes.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

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