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SweetSugarBelle's Favorite Gingerbread Recipe

Soft and spicy gingerbread cookies
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ c butter
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ c unsulphered molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. flavoring extract such as vanilla or orange
  • 5-5 ½ c all-purpose flour {sometimes even six}
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼- ½ tsp ground white pepper {optional}

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cream together shortening butter and granulated sugar. Add the molasses and eggs and whip until light and fluffy.
  • Sift all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl then use a measuring cup to add the dry ingredients about 1 cup at a time.
  • Separate the dough into three equal pieces, then wrap in plastic wrap and chill for an hour or two.
  • Roll out on floured parchment paper to about 1/4 an inch thick and cut into desired shapes. Place the cut out cookies into the freezer for ten minutes or so before baking.
  • Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes for small cookies, 8-10 minutes for medium, and 10-15 minutes for large. Let cool, then decorate with vanilla royal icing.