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It's the most wonderful time of the year for good food, and you can eat like they do at Heifer Farm with this easy and delicious recipe for a classic holiday treat: gingerbread cookies! Watch how it's done right here:


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsps warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Directions

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, egg and molasses. In a separate bowl, dissolve the baking soda in warm water, then add to the egg mixture. Beat until smooth. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon and salt into the wet ingredients until well blended. Cover and chill for 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare two cookie sheets by oiling or covering with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut out cookies using cookie cutters of your choice (we love farm animals!) and place the cookies 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. (They’ll expand slightly.) Bake 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Cool on wire racks.

These cookies are fun to decorate with frosting and sprinkles but are great to enjoy plain. If you have any leftover, you can grind them up into crumbs and make a gingerbread pie crust! 

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Heifer International is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization working with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.

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