Use this festive, spicy dough to make gingerbread boys and girls or ornament–shaped cookies.
Makes about 12 6-inch cookies.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together butter, sugar, molasses, and honey. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
In another bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients and mix well.
On a floured surface, in batches, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut, using cookie cutters or stencils. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake about 8 to 10 minutes, until nicely browned and sturdy. Frost when completely cooled.
If desired, add raisins, nuts and other decorations before baking — or after baking using dabs of frosting as "glue."
Hot Drinks for the Holidays
Given their impact, warm beverages are extraordinarily easy to prepare. And if you take a moment to add a few spices, you'll create drinks that are especially festive and delicious.
The dessert recipes we’ve chosen meet the requirements for holiday hospitality. They're festive, a bit extravagant (or so they seem), and extraordinarily delicious.