When I first started making gingerbread cookies for my family years ago, no one would eat them. They were either too hard, too spicy, or just too scary. I've worked on tweaking a recipe that would appeal to all of our palates and have finally found one that we love. The little cinnamon decors on their noses add a nice little 'pop' of flavor. I save that part for last :)
These little Gingerbread Reindeer seem to be galloping all over my house this week!
Here is my recipe:
• 1 cup powdered sugar
• 1 cup butter or margarine
• 1/2 cup molasses
• 1 egg
• 1 Tablespoon vinegar
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• 1-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 3-1/2 (approx) cups flour
• 1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 375 degrees when ready to start baking.
Cream sugar and butter until smooth. Add next 5 ingredients and mix until just blended. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until incorporated.
Pat dough into ball and put in plastic wrap or covered bowl in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to several days.
Roll out on floured surface to 1/4" thickness and cut into desired shapes. Sprinkle with colored sugar and add cinnamon decorations, if desired.
Bake in preheated oven for 7 to 8 minutes.