1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Cream margarine and sugar, Stir in molasses and egg. Combine flour, soda, powder and spices. Blend into molasses mixture.
Cover, chill for 1 hour or overnight. Roll and cut into desired shapes. Bake at 350 F for 8 to 10 minutes.
The recipe made only 11 large gingerbread men, approximately 5 inches high. Since i needed 24, i ended up making 3 batches of dough. The second and third i made at the same time and cooled/cut/baked together. When i was making the third batch, i ran out of molasses, so i had to run down to the store to get another container. It was a different brand than the first, and therefore the third batch of batter turned out darker.
In the end, i had a bit of extra dough, not enough for a big cookie, but enough for some small ones! I cut out about 6 small gingerbread men to. I also ended up with some leftovers, and because i was watching K that night and we had my friend and her 4 year old son over, i took cookies along to decorate.
These were done by Jethro and his Mommy
And these were decorated by K and I.
It ended up being a fun night, since we also traded gifts, took the kids for pizza and they helped us make some oatmeal-cinnamon-chocolate chip cookies as well. Then we sent the kiddies off to K's room and while they made a mess, we talked, as girls are apt to do :-)
Hope everyone is ready for Christmas, only 4 more days to go!!