Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies

I love gingerbread cookies - and decorating cookies, so here a great recipe to try over the holidays!

Ingredients:
½ cup of unsalted butter
½ cup of brown sugar

2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 ½  teaspoons of ground ginger*
½ teaspoon fresh ginger*
¾ teaspoon of ground cloves
¾ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of ground pepper
1 egg
1/2 cup of molasses
3 cups of flour
¼ teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of baking soda

Icing Sugar, water, sprinkles for Decorating


*2 teaspoons (total) of ground ginger is fine if you do not have fresh ginger


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and baking powder.

In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer, mix together the semi-melted butter and brown sugar. When light and fluffy, add the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, pepper, salt, molasses and egg, and mix together. Mix into the flour mixture.
*If using the fresh ginger, grate with a fine grater.

Roll out dough onto a floured surface, and cut with cookie cutters. Place them onto a nonstick baking pan.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.


Let the cookies cool, then make icing for decorating, by adding a little water to the icing sugar. It should be quite thick, but still be able to pipe it out of a piping bag. 
The way I decorated the cookies, was putting a thin tip on a piping bag, and drawing a line from one side to the other. Then, I drew the little lines coming out on an angle on the tips of the snow flake.
Sounds a little confusing, but if you look at the picture it might make more sense - I hope.


Makes approximately 24 cookies.

Enjoy!

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