Hi Barb---Just made these for kids in my class and took to Spanish class tonight and they were a big hit in both venues. Flavor of gingerbread without all the work. Really easy and kids love to help with the glaze.
3 sticks of butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 eggs1/2 cup molasses*
4 1/2 cups flour
4 teaspoons soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
*Spray the inside of the measuring cup with a little bit of cooking spray/Pam before you pour in the molasses. It will make it easier for the molasses to pour out of the cup. This trick works for anything sticky; honey, peanut butter, etc.
Powdered sugar (about 2 cups)
Milk or water (about 1/4 cup, or as needed to make icing easy to work with)
Cream butter and sugar and add eggs and molasses.
Then stir in dry ingredients.
Roll into balls the size of walnuts and refrigerate on waxed paper-lined baking sheet until thoroughly chilled.
Heat oven to 375.
Take each ball and dip top in sugar or sanding sugar (sugar sprinkles).
Place on greased baking sheet, sugar side up, and sprinkle a few drops of water on top of each cookie.
Bake until just set, but not hard for 10-12 minutes.Let cool for a few minutes on baking sheet and then transfer to rack tocool.
You can drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze to make them more festive.
Mix powdered sugar with either milk or water and put in squeeze bottle.
Move bottle over cookies back and forth while squeezing lightly.Let drizzle set before putting in container.