The very first time I made gingerbread cookies from scratch, it was quite the disaster. I randomly searched for a gingerbread recipe on the internet and decided upon this one entitled "The Most Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies." Sold.
These are definitely some of the best gingerbread cookies that I've ever had. I even upped the ginger content a bit, but it doesn't overwhelm. I also used orange zest instead of lemon zest, and a few years back I learned the trick of using powdered sugar instead of flour when rolling out the cookies to prevent sticking.
Sorry for our poor, childlike decorating skills! Dustin and I aren't the most artistic!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- powdered sugar, for dusting the rolling surface
- In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and egg until combined.
- Add molasses, vanilla, and orange zest and mix until combined.
- Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet until smooth.
- Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but allow to sit out for about 10 minutes before using to soften slightly.
- Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Place a section of dough on a surface lightly dusted with powdered sugar.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over the dough and rolling pin.
- Roll dough to approximately 1/4" thick, using powdered sugar as needed to prevent sticking.
- Cut out cookies with cookie cutters and place on the baking sheets at least an inch apart
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet until firm, then transfer to wire cooling rack.
- Allow to cool completely before decorating. We just used store bought icing.