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The first gingerbread is thought to have been made by Catholic monks in Europe for special holidays and festivals. England, France, and especially Germany were known to eat and celebrate with gingerbread treats.
Ginger was found to have preservative qualities and in the fifteenth century it began to be used in cakes and cookies. Crusaders returning to Europe from the Middle East brought back spices such as ginger and catholic monks formed the ginger into cakes and pressed it into molds. Gingerbread also became a popular treat at European fairs and was added to meat to preserve it and help cover up the strong odor of aging meat
….wowsers…be sure to eat that steak well done!
Why it’s awesome: It’s simple, crunchy and delicious of course! Also it reminds us of XMAR….or at least that’s what my T9 auto text calls it on my mobile phone….I meant to say XMAS or Christmas….happy holidays is for terrorists…just sayin’…
Ingredients & Portions:
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup softened butter (aka room temperature)
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Cook time & Directions:
- Combine and mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl.
- Combine butter and brown sugar and beat together in a large bowl with until light and fluffy.
- Now add molasses, egg and vanilla and beat well.
- Slowly mix in flour mixture at a low speed until everything is well mixed.
- Roll out and press down your dough until it’s thick and flat.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for minimum 4 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface.
- Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter.
- Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown.
- Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes.
- Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
- Decorate cooled cookies as desired. Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.