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Gingerbread men... and a house!

Making gingerbread men is so much fun and this recipe was actually quite fast – the only part that takes a long time is the actual decorating if you get picky about it! I was wary of making the cookies beforehand since we’ve all had those hard gingerbread cookies that crunch in your mouth like stale bread… thankfully these cookies stayed soft, even a week after I made them! They taste delicious as well and were a nice and easy dessert for Christmas Eve…

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

2 cup unsulphured molasses

5 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease or line two cookie sheets. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the sugar and molasses and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture no longer feels gritty. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool to lukewarm.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour (4 1/2 cups, save 1/2 cup for later), baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in the butter mixture and beat to blend everything together. Work in 1/2 cup all purpose flour beating until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

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