A tradition at my house is baking cookies during the holidays. This is a great recipe for some delicious gingerbread cookies. Get the whole family involved in the decorating! Have a contest to see who can decorate the cookies the best!
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground allspice
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp egg white powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 Tbsp water
1. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Stir well with a whisk.
2. Place butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl, beat with a mixer at high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, and beat until well blended. Beat in molasses and vanilla.
3. Turn mixer to low, add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.
4. Shape dough into a 4-inch round, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
6. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out shapes, as desired. Place cookies 1 inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees F for 9 minutes or until lightly browned on bottoms. Cool on a wire rack.
7. To prepare icing, combine powdered sugar, egg white powder, and salt. Stir well. Gradually add 1 Tbsp of water, stirring constantly with a whisk until smooth. Decorate cookies as desired and sprinkle with sugar if desired.
8. Let cookies stand on a cooling rack until icing is completely dry (about 1 hour).
Yield: 40 (2 x 3 inch) cookies (91 calories, 3.7 g total fat, 2.2 g saturated fat)
Cooking Light, December 2011