Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies


Makes 24 cookies

2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 c. butter, softened

1 c. sugar

1 egg

1 Tbsp. orange juice, or water

1/4 c. molasses

2 Tbsp. white sugar

1.  In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.

2.  In another large bowl, blend together butter and sugar.  Slowly add one egg, as well as the orange juice and molasses.  Blend until smooth.

3.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and fold until combined. 

4.  Place the bowl in the freezer for 30-40 minutes.  This step is very helpful if you wish to roll out the mixture.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

5.  Roll out the dough (small sections at a time) on a piece of parchment paper, and use desired cutouts. Place the cookies on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar.

6.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.