Gingerbread Cookies

dsc05716.JPGWhen we make gingerbread cookies, there is no recipe we could fathom using other than the one from Recipes from the Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop. If you’ve ever been to Colonial Williamsburg and had the opportunity to taste these amazing cookies– soft and molasses-y and simply amazing– then you know how set apart these gingerbread cookies really are. If you haven’t, well, you’ll definitely want to hurry to your kitchen with the rest of us (err, except me, since I’ve already eaten my fair share these past few days!) to whip up a batch.

Really, they’re that good.

Here is the recipe, a la Brietta:

Gingerbread Cookies

1c sugar
2tsp ginger
1tsp nutmeg
1tsp cinnamon
1/2tsp salt
1-1/2tsp baking soda
1c butter, melted
1/2c evaporated milk
1c unsulfered molasses
3/4tsp vanilla extract
3/4tsp lemon extract (optional)
4c stone-ground or unbleached flour, unsifted

dsc05714.JPGCombine the sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Mix well. Add the melted margarine (butter), evaporated milk, and molasses. Add the extracts if desired. Mix well. Add the flour 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly. The dough should be stiff enough to handle without sticking to fingers. Knead the dough for a smoother texture. Add up to 1/2 cup additional flour if necessary to prevent sticking. When the dough is smooth, form into 2″ balls and roll in granulated sugar.

Bake on floured or greased cookie sheets in a preheated 375* oven for 10-12 minutes. The cookies are done if they spring back when touched.

dsc05720.JPGMakes about 3 dozen if you make them good-sized like at the Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop.

Serve to delighted children with plenty of milk or tea for a wonderful mid-winter treat. Delicious!


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  1. Too much fun! An indoor “picnic” snack — who says winter can’t be packed with fun things to do!

    Posted by Darlene | January 27, 2009, 3:26 am
  2. Both times I’ve been there I’ve wanted to buy that cookbook! Thanks for posting. These are so good! Erin just loves gingerbread cookies so I’m sure these will be a BIG hit:)

    Posted by Michelle | January 27, 2009, 5:19 am
  3. Oh, I can’t wait to try these! I’m always looking for a good cookie recipe, and this looks like an improvement upon my current gingerbread recipe.

    Posted by abbi | January 27, 2009, 6:12 am
  4. I made these last week. Very very good. Thanks for sharing this recipie!

    Posted by Melissa Lange | February 10, 2009, 10:07 am
  5. So, I finally had a chance to make these today, and they’re very yummy. I also added my own spin on them–I frosted some of them with a lemon confectioners sugar frosting, since the recipe uses lemon as well. The ginger and lemon made a very nice combination of flavors.

    Posted by abbi | March 1, 2009, 2:12 pm