If you're looking for a delightfully spooky treat for Halloween, these gingerbread cut-out cookies will add a ghoulishly sweet touch to your festivities. Follow this easy recipe to bake and decorate these creepy creations.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg (room temp)
Mix the dry ingredients: In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice). Set this aside.
Cream the butter and sugar: In a separate large bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the wet ingredients: Mix in the molasses and the egg until well combined.
Combine the dough: Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until the dough forms. If it's too sticky, you can add a little more flour.
Chill the dough: Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a disc, and wrap them in plastic. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or until it's firm.
Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
Roll and cut the dough: Roll the chilled dough on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use Halloween-themed cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
Bake the cookies: Place the cut-out cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Allow them to cool on a wire rack.
You can go ahead and decorate the cookies with your preferred icing, but they're also quite nice on their own.