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Spicy Gingerbread Cookies

Spicy Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Spicy and nice

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup dark-brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

1 cup unsulfured molasses

6 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

4 teaspoons ground ginger

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

Raisins, dragées, and/or red hot candies for decoration (optional)

Royal Icing for decoration (optional)

Method

In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
in eggs and
molasses.
In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder,
spices and
salt.
Stir flour mixture into butter mixture. Divide dough into thirds and wrap
each third
in plastic wrap. Chill for about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Roll dough 1/8
inch thick
between two pieces of waxed paper.
Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer
shapes
to ungreased cookie sheets. If desired, decorate with raisins, dragées,
and/or red hot
candies.
Refrigerate about 15 minutes.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until crisp
but not dark.

Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute, then remove to wire racks to
cool
completely.
If desired, decorate with Royal Icing.
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