I usually only post tried and true recipes here. However, I do not have a tried and true recipe for the cookies I want to make today. I considered Molasses cookies and I also considered Gingerbread cookies. When I looked up the recipe, I realized there is not a whole lot of difference between the two.
One of my favorite online sites to get recipes is from Taste of Home. They have an unbelievable number of recipes submitted by their readers and many of them tested in their kitchen. The recipes are easy to find by using the search function on the site. You can check out the Taste of Home site at this link.
The following recipe and photo are courtesy of Taste of Home's web site.
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Vanilla frosting of your choice
Red and green paste food coloring
In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Tint some of the frosting red and some green. Decorate cookies. Yield: 5 dozen.