Gingerbread makes the perfect cookie (and activity) to do for the holidays. Your little ones will love to cut, roll, and decorate these cutouts. Add a name and decorate in a family member's likeness, and these make fun place cards for festive gatherings.
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup lightly packed organic light brown sugar
1/2 cup mild molasses
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups organic whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl with a stand mixer. Add molasses and beat until well mixed. Stir together flours, baking soda, spices, and salt in a separate bowl. Alternately beat dry ingredients and water into butter mixture. Blend well after each addition. You may need to add a bit more water to bring the dough together. The dough will be thick and heavy; if a stand mixer is not available, finish mixing the dough by hand.
Roll out dough on lightly floured waxed paper or nonstick mat. Cut gingerbread people or other favorite shapes with a floured cutter. Place cookie cutter on rolled dough and press down evenly. Pick up shapes with metal spatula to transfer to baking sheets. Continue to knead dough scrapes to roll and cut more cookies. Decorate gingerbread people with currants for eyes, buttons, mouths and even belly buttons.
Bake cookies for 7 to 9 minutes, turning baking sheet 180 degrees midway through baking. Check doneness by pressing on cookie. If the dough springs back, the cookies are done. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
As prepared, each serving contains 210 calories, 4g total fat, 10mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 41g total carbohydrate and 4g protein.