I started with a recipe from an old magazine and totally tweaked it. They turned out potent! They almost bit back! Haha. I didn't take any pictures of the finished product, so the stock photo will have to do. Just imagine that the dough in the pictures is more of a dark chocolate color.
So, if you're looking for an intense gingerbread cookie - try this one on for size!
Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
7 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
16 tablespoons Earth Balance Natural Spread
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1.5 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon coarse salt
2 large eggs
1.5 cup of blackstrap molasses
1. Sift flour (does anybody know if that it really necessary to do this step?), baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.
2. Mix Earth Balance Natural Spread and sugar for about 2 minutes; mix in spices and salt.
3. Mix egg and molasses into wet ingredients, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl.
4. Add flour mixture; mix on low speed unto combined.
5. Divide dough in half, put into plastic bags, flatten, close and refrigerate 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick.
8. Cut into shapes and then transfer to cookie sheet.
9. Bake until cookies are set, about 8 minutes.
For frosting (if you want it):
Combine Pacific Rice Drink, powdered sugar, and a tablespoon (or so) of Earth Balance Natural Spread until it looks and tastes right. :) Then decorate.
And in case you were wondering about the Earth Balance Natural Spread and the Pacific Rice Drink, here are some pictures so you know what you're looking for.
I get the soy free spread for my kids' sake and it's dairy free too. I love it and eat it as much as Ash. It's not low fat, but neither is butter and since it's a plant fat, it's better for you. The rice drink works in every recipe I've tried as a replacement for milk. Ash has been drinking this stuff since she was 11 months. To say she's addicted would be an understatement. :D
Have YOU made any Christmas cookies yet?