Christmas Cookie Edition: Gingerbread Cookies

3 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
2 t. ground ginger
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. grated nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
8 T. unsalted butter, softened plus 1 T. for frosting
2/3 c. Grandma’s molasses
1 egg
1 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 T. milk
1/4 t. vanilla extract

Cream together butter and sugar, until fluffy. Add molasses. In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Slowly blend into butter mixture. Wrap dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for two hours (up to one week).

Roll dough to about 1/4″ inch thick. Using your favorite cookies cutters, like a gingerbread man, cut out cookies or make a house (need to at least double the recipe for a house). Bake in oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

1 c. powdered sugar
1 T. butter, softened
1 1/2 T. milk
1/4 t. vanilla extract

Blend thoroughly. Works best in an icing tube, but a knife will be fine, too.

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Holly loves her job as wife to Chris and mom to Noah, Kylie, Tabor and Sydney. God has gifted Holly with a love of all things creative ~ from painting and wall papering to scrapbooking and design work. In addition to co-founding and managing A Martha Heart, she designs web pages ( and marketing pieces. She also authored a devotional blog, now closed, called Crown Laid Down. Holly and her family make their home within site of year 'round snow-capped mountains in Colorado. She can be reached by emailing Holly (AT) a martha heart (DOT) com or connect with her on Facebook:

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