Gingerbread Cookies

This sweet and spicy cookie is sturdy enough to use when making gingerbread houses and other three dimensional holiday treats. Use with prepared decorator icing for easy, fun cookies.



1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 2. Place brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and ginger in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. 3. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. 4. Stir in butter a tablespoon at a time, stirring well between additions to combine. 5. Add egg, vanilla and salt to sugar mixture, stirring to combine. 6. Pour into a large bowl and add flour, a cup at a time, stirring to combine. 7. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until dough comes together and is no longer sticky, adding flour by the tablespoon if necessary. 8. Roll out half the dough on a floured work surface to 1/8-inch thick. Cut dough into desired shapes. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake until edges are slightly browned, about 10 minutes. 9. Remove from heat. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.