By Robyn

And here is my time-honored recipe for Gingerbread men and women:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Blend until creamy:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Beat in:

  • 1/2 cup dark molasses

Mix together:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in three parts, adding 1/4 cup water with each part. Mix the dough together well.

Sprinkle a little flour on your cutting surface. Take a piece of the dough and roll it out flat. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. I usually do a combination of Gingerbread men and women. Decorate with raisins for eye, m&m candies for buttons etc. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.  Cool on a metal rack. Make icing with a paste of 1/4 cup powdered sugar, a few drops of water, and a few drops of red food coloring for the mouth. Draw the mouth on the cookie  with a toothpick. Use white icing and other colored icings to finish decorating your cookies.

Makes about 16 Gingerbread men and women.

Warm regards to you and your family,