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Basic Gingerbread Cut-out Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen large cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup fancy molasses
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt

Method

  1. Beat the butter, brown sugar and molasses together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, beating well after each addition.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add this to the butter mixture and stir until blended. Shape the dough into 2 disks, wrap and chill for about an hour up to 2 days (the dough will still be soft, even once chilled).
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 °F and line 2-3 baking trays with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the first disk of dough until just over 1/8-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter of your choosing to cut out cookie shapes and lift then carefully to the prepared trays, leaving about ½-inch between them. Continue with the second piece of dough – any scraps can be stored chilled and then re-rolled until it has all been used.
  4. Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes until you see them brown a little just around the edges. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the tray before removing to cool completely.

The cookies will keep for up to 10 days in an airtight container.