has a romantic history. Fair ladies would give elaborately
decorated cookies to handsome knight, just before a tournament.
Cloves give this cookie a spicy flavor and are the sweet and
pungent unopened bud of an evergreen tree.
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon powdered ginger
teaspoons ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground nutmeg
teaspoon freshly ground cloves
dark brown sugar
cup + 2 tablespoons mild molasses
3 tablespoons meringue powder
cup warm water
4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
teaspoon clear vanilla extract
teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 375
In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt,
cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
3. In a large bowl,
cream butter and sugar; add molasses and
Stir in dry ingredients. Form into a ball with floured
If the dough seems dry, add a tablespoon of milk.
4. Roll dough out
on a well-floured board to 1/4-inch thickness.
out shapes. To ensure a perfect cookie, press the cutter
the dough, then slide a sharp-edged pancake turner under
cutter and dough. Lift and set onto baking sheet, press out
Bake in preheated oven 6-8 minutes.
In a medium bowl, use a mixer to beat meringue
warm water, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and
of tartar for 2 minutes. Add a little water if too dry.
Variations: Dough may also be used to make gingerbread
tags by making a hole in each cookie with the end of a
before baking. Pipe the name of each recipient on
cookies, allow to set completely.
Christmas idea: Make a gingerbread Christmas
Roll out dough and cut out pieces for a house. Cook
To decorate your edible winter wonderland,
peppermint sticks, jelly beans, round
peppermint hard candies,
licorice nuggets, fruit flavored hard candies,
chocolate bars, coconut, spearmint leaf
gummy candies and any other
candies you find interesting.
We make a chimney on the side of the
house and use the jelly
beans to decorate it.
The chocolate bar is the confectioner's
sugar until it makes
front door and the licorice makes nice wall
bricks. Make 1 batch of
icing and thicken it with more
a nice "cement."
Makes 2-3 dozen cookies