Monday, December 20, 2010

Orange Soft Gingerbread Cookies

There's a snow storm watch for our part of the world so what better way to stay inside than to bake more cookies! These gingerbread are lovely! Delicious! And the cutter is oh so cute, too. Apparently these are 3D gingerbread... whatever... they look and taste great! They're soft and flavorful. Just perfect.
The rainbow tree background for the cookies is actually from a Care Bears Christmas book (talk about retro!). It was too cute not to include. I love our childhoods. I love Christmas. And I love these gingerbread.

Orange Gingerbread Cookies
Adapted from WCF Courier
Makes 4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup light molasses
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger but we forgot to add it and it still tasted amazing
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions
Combine molasses, brown sugar, 1/3 cup butter, egg and orangepeel in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy.Reduce speed to low. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beatuntil well mixed. Cover; refrigerate until firm (at least 2hours).
Heat oven to 375 F. Roll out dough on well-floured surface, one half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 3 to 4-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until no-indentation remains when touched. Cool completely.
Decorate as you like.


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