Gingerbread Cookies

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The classic gingerbread man! This cookie has a great bite to it. :)

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 8 - 10 minutes

Difficulty:
Serves: 8

Dietary guidance: v 

Tags: dessert · cookies ·

Ingredients

1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup margarine, melted
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup unsulfured molasses
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon lemon extract

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, grease cookie sheets.

In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.

Mix in the melted margarine, evaporated milk, molasses, vanilla, and lemon extracts.

Stir in the flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. The dough should be stiff enough to handle without sticking to fingers. If necessary, increase flour by up to 1/2 cup to prevent sticking.

When the dough is smooth, roll it out to 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface, and cut into cookies. Place cookies on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven at 375 degrees. The cookies are done when the top springs back when touched. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

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